Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 15 May 2018 Tuesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 14 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 11:48 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.
29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes is the length of new lunation 227. It is 50 minutes longer than next lunation 228 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.3°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 371 893 km (231 084 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 777 km (226 041 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.562°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.652° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.