Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 3 May 2014 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | May 2014

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 18% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 18% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 29 April 2014 at 06:14.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1785"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1903".

Flower Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2014 after 11 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 7 May 2014 at 03:15
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 14 May 2014 at 19:16
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 21 May 2014 at 12:59
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 28 May 2014 at 18:40

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 177 / 1130

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

Length of current 177 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 178 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠76.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠76.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.5°. 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 apogee

10 days after point of perigee on 23 April 2014 at 00:27 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 May 2014 at 10:22 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 401 448 km

Moon is 401 448 km (249 448 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 319 km (251 232 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 28 April 2014 at 11:36 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 May 2014 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 2 May 2014 at 15:59 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.961°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.992° in the next southern standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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