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Moon phase on 7 May 2018 Monday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | May 2018

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

Last Quarter 56% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 56% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 May 2018 at 02:09 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1901".

Flower Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 22 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 8 May 2018 at 02:09
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 15 May 2018 at 11:48
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 22 May 2018 at 03:49
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 29 May 2018 at 14:20

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 226 / 1179

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 226 of Meeus index or 1179 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 226 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 51 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 227 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠296.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠296.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.7°. 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 apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 404 094 km

Moon is 404 094 km (251 092 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 777 km (226 041 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 10:24 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.562°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.652° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 15 May 2018 at 11:48 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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