Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 15 May 2024 at 11:48.
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 ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 2 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 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 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠36°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠60.7°.
3 days after point of apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 399 746 km (248 391 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 108 km (228 732 mi).
1 day after descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra. 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 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.465°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.401° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 2 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53 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.