Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 16 May 2046 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 13 May 2046 at 10:25.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2046 after 3 days on 20 May 2046 at 03:15.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 573 of Meeus index or 1526 from Brown series.
Length of current 573 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 574 length.
Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠239.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠274°. 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 perigee on this date at 23:31, this is 15 days after last apogee on 1 May 2046 at 03:41 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 May 2046 at 21:55 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 365 910 km (227 366 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 402 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 446 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after its descending node on 12 May 2046 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2046 at 04:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 8 May 2046 at 23:01 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.750°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.705° in the next southern standstill on 21 May 2046 at 18:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 3 days on 20 May 2046 at 03:15 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.