Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 12 May 2016 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | May 2016

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

Waxing Crescent 38% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 38% and growing larger. The 6 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 6 May 2016 at 19:30.

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 ∠8° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1856"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1856" and ∠1899".

Flower Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 9 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 5 June 2016 at 03:00

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 202 / 1155

The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.31 days

Length of current 202 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 203 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠10.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.6°. 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 after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 386 233 km

Moon is 386 233 km (239 994 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 934 km (252 236 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after its descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.447°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.539° in the next southern standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15 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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