Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 31 May 2017 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Leo.

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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 39% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 39% 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 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 in ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1897"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1897" and ∠1892".

Strawberry Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2017 after 9 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 6 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

5 days 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 8 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 377 906 km

Moon is 377 906 km (234 820 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 402 km (252 526 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 11:56 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 15 June 2017 at 02:40 in ♒ Aquarius.

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New draconic month

At 11:56 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 27 May 2017 at 23:36 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.362°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.428° in the next southern standstill on 11 June 2017 at 03:36 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 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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