Gibbous ♎ Libra
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 27 April 2023 at 21:20.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1823" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 2 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 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 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠59.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠92.6°.
5 days after point of apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 11 May 2023 at 04:57 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 393 131 km (244 280 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 345 km (229 500 mi).
13 days after ascending node on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 May 2023 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra.
13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
8 days since the previous standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.957°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.937° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 May 2023 at 09:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 2 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.