Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 17 May 2022 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.
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 ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2022 after 27 days on 14 June 2022 at 11:52.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 276 of Meeus index or 1229 from Brown series.
Length of current 276 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 20 minutes shorter than next lunation 277 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠126°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:23, this is 12 days after last apogee on 5 May 2022 at 12:46 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 June 2022 at 01:14 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 360 298 km (223 879 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 210 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 058 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 May 2022 at 02:33 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 5 May 2022 at 15:55 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.967°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 May 2022 at 01:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 30 May 2022 at 11:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.