Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 26 May 2021 Wednesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.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.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1894".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2021.
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 264 of Meeus index or 1217 from Brown series.
Length of current 264 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 53 minutes. It is 1 hour and 29 minutes longer than next lunation 265 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 54 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠178.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠202.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 01:52, this is 14 days after last apogee on 11 May 2021 at 21:54 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 8 June 2021 at 02:27 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 357 310 km (222 022 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 198 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 046 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 19:38 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 9 June 2021 at 16:42 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 15 May 2021 at 22:25 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.640°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.647° in the next southern standstill on 28 May 2021 at 19:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.