Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 May 2023 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | May 2023

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

Waning Crescent 11% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 11% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 12 May 2023 at 14:28.

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1919"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1919" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2023 after 18 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

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 288 / 1241

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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

5 days 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 9 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 373 559 km

Moon is 373 559 km (232 119 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 510 km (251 351 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 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 day, 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

26 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 before northern standstill

7 days after previous South standstill on 9 May 2023 at 09:01 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.937°. Next 6 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 3 days

After 3 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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