Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 9 May 2019 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2019 | May 2019

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

Waxing Crescent 23% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 23% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 4 May 2019 at 22:45.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1942"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1900".

Flower Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2019 after 9 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 12 May 2019 at 01:12
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 18 May 2019 at 21:11
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 26 May 2019 at 16:33
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 3 June 2019 at 10:02

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 239 / 1192

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 239 of Meeus index or 1192 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

Length of current 239 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 2 minutes longer than next lunation 240 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠263°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠263°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.1°. 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 before perigee

10 days after point of apogee on 28 April 2019 at 18:20 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 13 May 2019 at 21:53 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 369 149 km

Moon is 369 149 km (229 379 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 017 km (229 297 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 18:50 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 22 May 2019 at 19:12 in ♑ Capricorn.

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New draconic month

At 18:50 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon in northern standstill

At 05:46 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠22.243°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-22.313° in its southern standstill point on 22 May 2019 at 06:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11 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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