Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 May 2046 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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 first ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1896".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2046.
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 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 16 May 2046 at 23:31 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 May 2046 at 21:55 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 377 266 km (234 422 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 334 km (251 241 mi).
8 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2046 at 04:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 8 May 2046 at 23:01 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.750°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.