Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 1 May 2016 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | May 2016

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

Waning Crescent 35% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 35% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 30 April 2016 at 03:29.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1923"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1904".

Flower Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 20 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 6 May 2016 at 19:30
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 13 May 2016 at 17:02
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 21 May 2016 at 21:15
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 29 May 2016 at 12:12

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 201 / 1154

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

Length of current 201 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 202 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 31 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠355.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠10.8°. 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

9 days after point of apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 372 764 km

Moon is 372 764 km (231 625 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 828 km (222 344 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after its ascending node on 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days after previous South standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.382°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.447° in the next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 in ♉ Taurus, 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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