Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 17 May 2068 Thursday 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 ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1897".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2068.
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 845 of Meeus index or 1798 from Brown series.
Length of current 845 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 56 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 846 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 21 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠66°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
6 days after point of apogee on 11 May 2068 at 03:18 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2068 at 09:16 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 388 908 km (241 656 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 748 km (229 129 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 14:48 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 30 May 2068 at 13:21 in ♉ Taurus.
At 14:48 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
13 days after previous North standstill on 4 May 2068 at 08:19 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.452°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.444° in the next southern standstill on 18 May 2068 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.