Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 84% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 25 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 213 of Meeus index or 1166 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.4°.
Moon is at apogee at 10:05. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 405 478 km (251 952 mi) away from Earth. It is 70 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 231 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
8 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 3 April 2017 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.984°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.095° at the point of next southern standstill on 17 April 2017 at 13:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 days on 26 April 2017 at 12:16 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.