Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1895".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2016.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.6°.
3 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 400 602 km (248 923 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 142 km (224 403 mi).
6 days after ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.447°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-18.539° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.