Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 82% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 2 April 2026 at 02:12.
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 ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 25 days on 1 May 2026 at 17:23.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 324 of Meeus index or 1277 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠307.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠330.4°.
15 days after point of perigee on 22 March 2026 at 11:40 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 April 2026 at 08:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 405 348 km (251 872 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 974 km (251 639 mi).
7 days after descending node on 30 March 2026 at 11:34 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 13 April 2026 at 23:43 in ♓ Pisces.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 25 March 2026 at 04:46 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.371°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.291° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 April 2026 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 10 days on 17 April 2026 at 11:52 in ♈ Aries 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.