Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 1 May 2026 at 17:23.
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 first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 27 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 325 of Meeus index or 1278 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 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 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠330.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.
14 days after point of perigee on 19 April 2026 at 06:57 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 4 May 2026 at 22:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 404 921 km (251 606 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 843 km (252 179 mi).
6 days after descending node on 26 April 2026 at 14:36 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 11 May 2026 at 04:36 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 21 April 2026 at 11:12 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.210°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.109° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 May 2026 at 11:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 13 days on 16 May 2026 at 20:01 in ♉ Taurus 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.