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Moon phase on 20 May 2020 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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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 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1775"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 16 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

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 251 / 1204

The Moon is 27 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 after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2020 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2020 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 403 793 km

Moon is 403 793 km (250 905 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 366 km (226 407 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 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 4 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

22 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 before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.998°. Next 5 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 2 days

After 2 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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