Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 83% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 5 May 2042 at 06:48.
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 ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1871" and ∠1900".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 25 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.
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 523 of Meeus index or 1476 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2042. It is 17 minutes shorter 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 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠33.6°.
7 days after point of apogee on 1 May 2042 at 15:06 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 May 2042 at 09:30 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 383 115 km (238 057 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 606 km (225 313 mi).
5 days after descending node on 3 May 2042 at 18:54 in ♎ Libra. 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 17 May 2042 at 06:49 in ♈ Aries.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 06:02 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.181°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.143° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 21 May 2042 at 23:31.
In 9 days on 19 May 2042 at 10:55 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.