Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 27 May 2017 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | May 2017

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

Waxing Crescent 4% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 4% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 25 May 2017 at 19:44.

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 ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1893".

Strawberry Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2017 after 13 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 1 June 2017 at 12:42
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 9 June 2017 at 13:10
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 17 June 2017 at 11:33
  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 24 June 2017 at 02:31

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 215 / 1168

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 215 of Meeus index or 1168 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.28 days

Length of current 215 lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2017. It is 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 216 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 11 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠356°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠356°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠11°. 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

1 day after point of perigee on 26 May 2017 at 01:23 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 8 June 2017 at 22:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 364 229 km

Moon is 364 229 km (226 321 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 402 km (252 526 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius, 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 31 May 2017 at 11:56 in ♌ Leo.

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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 in northern standstill

At 23:36 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠19.362°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-19.428° in its southern standstill point on 11 June 2017 at 03:36 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10 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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