Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 May 2018 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | May 2018

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

Waxing Crescent 6% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 15 May 2018 at 11:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1961"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 12 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 22 May 2018 at 03:49
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 29 May 2018 at 14:20
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 6 June 2018 at 18:32
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 13 June 2018 at 19:43

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 227 / 1180

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 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.33 days

Length of current 227 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. It is 50 minutes longer than next lunation 228 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠321.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.3°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 21:06, this is 11 days after last apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 June 2018 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 363 777 km

This perigee Moon is 363 777 km (226 041 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 269 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 579 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 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 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

23 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 before northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.562°. Next day 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 12 days

After 12 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20 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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