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Moon phase on 12 May 2023 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | May 2023

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 51% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 12 May 2023 at 14:28 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1899".

Strawberry Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2023 after 22 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 19 May 2023 at 15:53
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 27 May 2023 at 15:22
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 4 June 2023 at 03:42
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 10 June 2023 at 19:31

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 288 / 1241

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.49 days

Length of current 288 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 289 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠59.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠59.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠92.6°. 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 11 May 2023 at 04:57 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 May 2023 at 01:39 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 363 395 km

Moon is 363 395 km (225 803 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 510 km (251 351 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after its descending node on 4 May 2023 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 17 May 2023 at 19:36 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

3 days after previous South standstill on 9 May 2023 at 09:01 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.937°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.903° in the next northern standstill on 22 May 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 19 May 2023 at 15:53 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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