Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
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 about ∠12° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1892".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2026.
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 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 326 of Meeus index or 1279 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes. It is 4 minutes longer 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 5 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠2.5°.
13 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2026 at 13:48 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 1 June 2026 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 405 342 km (251 868 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 369 km (252 506 mi).
7 days after descending node on 23 May 2026 at 15:26 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 7 June 2026 at 06:19 in ♓ Pisces.
20 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 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.051°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.988° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 June 2026 at 16:59 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.