Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 5 May 2024 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.

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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 10% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 10% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1902".

Flower Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 18 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

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 300 / 1253

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 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 22:11, this is 15 days after last apogee on 20 April 2024 at 02:09 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 363 166 km

This perigee Moon is 363 166 km (225 661 mi) away from Earth. It is 658 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 190 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 21:54 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra.

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New draconic month

At 21:54 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

6 days after previous South standstill on 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.509°. Next 5 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 2 days

After 2 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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