Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 May 2022 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 92% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

Moonrise and moonset

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 entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2022 after 26 days on 14 June 2022 at 11:52.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 22 May 2022 at 18:43
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 30 May 2022 at 11:30
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 7 June 2022 at 14:48
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 14 June 2022 at 11:52

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 276 / 1229

The Moon is 17 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.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

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°).

Lunation length longer than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠126°

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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 17 May 2022 at 15:23 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 June 2022 at 01:14 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 363 356 km

The Moon is 363 356 km (225 779 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 191 km (252 395 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 May 2022 at 02:33 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

12 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.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 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.

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