Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 24 May 2023 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | May 2023

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

Waxing Crescent 22% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 22% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 19 May 2023 at 15:53.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1895".

Strawberry Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2023 after 10 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 18 June 2023 at 04:37

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 289 / 1242

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 289 of Meeus index or 1242 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 289 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 290 length.

Lunation length same as the mean

Length of current synodic month is equal to the mean length of synodic month. It is 6 hours and 9 minutes longer than the 21st century shortest and 7 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the 21st century longest synodic month.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠92.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠92.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠127.4°. 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

13 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 day, 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 404 470 km

Moon is 404 470 km (251 326 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 510 km (251 351 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after its ascending node on 17 May 2023 at 19:36 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 June 2023 at 06:23 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 22 May 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.903°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.866° in the next southern standstill on 5 June 2023 at 16:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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