Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 23 May 2024 Thursday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1828" and ∠1895".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2024.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.
Length of current 301 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 302 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠36°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠60.7°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 392 074 km (243 623 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 108 km (228 732 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.465°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.401° in the next southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.