Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 65% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 3 May 2017 at 02:47.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 6 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 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 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.
6 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 380 417 km (236 380 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 212 km (252 408 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 10:42 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 10:42 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
3 days since the previous standstill on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.187°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.302° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 6 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.