Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 May 2020 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | May 2020

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

Waning Crescent 24% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 24% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 14 May 2020 at 14:03.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 19 days

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

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 13 June 2020 at 06:24

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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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

11 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 day, 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 404 905 km

Moon is 404 905 km (251 596 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 584 km (252 018 mi).

Moon after descending node

7 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 7 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

19 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

6 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.998°. Next 8 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 5 days

After 5 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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