Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 May 2022 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2022 | May 2022

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

Waxing Crescent 12% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 12% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 30 April 2022 at 20:28.

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 ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1903".

Flower Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2022 after 11 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 9 May 2022 at 00:21
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 16 May 2022 at 04:14
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 22 May 2022 at 18:43
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 30 May 2022 at 11:30

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 276 / 1229

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 276 of Meeus index or 1229 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

Length of current 276 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 20 minutes shorter than next lunation 277 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠126°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠126°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before apogee

14 days after point of perigee on 19 April 2022 at 15:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 5 May 2022 at 12:46 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 405 247 km

Moon is 405 247 km (251 809 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 287 km (251 834 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after its ascending node on 1 May 2022 at 19:53 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 21 April 2022 at 17:41 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.937°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.967° in the next northern standstill on 5 May 2022 at 15:55 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14 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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