Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 12 May 2020 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | May 2020

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 70% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 70% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 7 May 2020 at 10:45.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1843"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1899".

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 24 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 14 May 2020 at 14:03
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 22 May 2020 at 17:39
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 30 May 2020 at 03:30
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 5 June 2020 at 19:12

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 251 / 1204

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 251 of Meeus index or 1204 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

Length of current 251 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 13 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 252 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 34 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠201.8°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠201.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠229.8°. 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 apogee

6 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2020 at 03:03 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 May 2020 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 388 943 km

Moon is 388 943 km (241 678 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 584 km (252 018 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 10 May 2020 at 09:01 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 May 2020 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.998°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.055° in the next northern standstill on 25 May 2020 at 21:16 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 22 May 2020 at 17:39 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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