Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 20 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠126°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.2°.
Moon is at perigee at 15:23. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 5 May 2022 at 12:46 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until 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 further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 May 2022 at 02:33 in ♉ Taurus.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 5 May 2022 at 15:55 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.967°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.964° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 May 2022 at 01:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 12 days on 30 May 2022 at 11:30 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.