Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 May 2015 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | May 2015

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

Waxing Crescent 29% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 29% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 18 May 2015 at 04:13.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1795"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1895".

Strawberry Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 10 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 25 May 2015 at 17:19
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 2 June 2015 at 16:19
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 9 June 2015 at 15:42
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 16 June 2015 at 14:05

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 190 / 1143

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 190 of Meeus index or 1143 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 190 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 191 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠48.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠48.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠78.1°. 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

8 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 399 350 km

Moon is 399 350 km (248 145 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 246 km (251 187 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries, 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 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

22 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

3 days after previous North standstill on 20 May 2015 at 09:41 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.389°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.440° in the next southern standstill on 3 June 2015 at 21:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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