Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 17 May 2006 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | May 2006

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 81% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 81% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1930"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1930" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2006 after 25 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 20 May 2006 at 09:21
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 27 May 2006 at 05:26
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 3 June 2006 at 23:06
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 11 June 2006 at 18:03

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 78 / 1031

The Moon is 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 78 of Meeus index or 1031 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

Length of current 78 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 42 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 79 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 7 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠38.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠38.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.2°. 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°).

Moon before perigee

10 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2006 at 06:47 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 May 2006 at 15:29 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 371 422 km

Moon is 371 422 km (230 791 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 615 km (229 047 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 9 May 2006 at 08:29 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 May 2006 at 18:00 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 16 May 2006 at 03:52 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.539°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.490° in the next northern standstill on 29 May 2006 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 27 May 2006 at 05:26 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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