Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 4 May 2026 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days 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 about ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 26 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 17 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.
Length of current 325 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than next lunation 326 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠330.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠347.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 22:30, this is 15 days after last perigee on 19 April 2026 at 06:57 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 405 843 km (252 179 mi) away from Earth. It is 435 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 866 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 26 April 2026 at 14:36 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 May 2026 at 04:36 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 21 April 2026 at 11:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.210°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.109° in the next southern standstill on 5 May 2026 at 11:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 16 May 2026 at 20:01 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.