Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 2 May 2024 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2024 | May 2024

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

Waning Crescent 39% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 39% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 1 May 2024 at 11:27.

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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1961"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1903".

Flower Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 21 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 8 May 2024 at 03:22
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 15 May 2024 at 11:48
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 23 May 2024 at 13:53
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 30 May 2024 at 17:13

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 300 / 1253

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 300 of Meeus index or 1253 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.38 days

Length of current 300 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2024. It is 15 minutes shorter than next lunation 301 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠17.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠17.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠36°. 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 perigee

12 days after point of apogee on 20 April 2024 at 02:09 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 5 May 2024 at 22:11 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 365 464 km

Moon is 365 464 km (227 089 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 166 km (225 661 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 22 April 2024 at 10:45 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 May 2024 at 21:54 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, 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 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.509°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.465° in the next northern standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 8 May 2024 at 03:22 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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