Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 11 May 2017 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1899".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2017.
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 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.
Length of current 214 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 minutes longer than next lunation 215 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
13 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 404 952 km (251 626 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 212 km (252 408 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 4 May 2017 at 10:42 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.187°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.302° in the next southern standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.