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Moon phase on 3 May 2017 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | May 2017

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 54% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 3 May 2017 at 02:47 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1907"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1903".

Flower Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 7 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 10 May 2017 at 21:43
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 19 May 2017 at 00:33
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 25 May 2017 at 19:44
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 1 June 2017 at 12:42

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 214 / 1167

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.31 days

Length of current 214 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 minutes longer than next lunation 215 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠340.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after perigee

5 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 375 777 km

Moon is 375 777 km (233 497 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 212 km (252 408 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after its descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 May 2017 at 10:42 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

26 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 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.187°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.302° in the next southern standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43 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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