Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 17 May 2024 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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

Waxing Gibbous 69% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 69% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 15 May 2024 at 11:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 6 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 23 May 2024 at 13:53
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 30 May 2024 at 17:13
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 6 June 2024 at 12:38
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 14 June 2024 at 05:18

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 301 / 1254

The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

Length of current 301 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes shorter than next lunation 302 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠36°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠36°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠60.7°. 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 apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 19:00, this is 11 days after last perigee on 5 May 2024 at 22:11 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 404 641 km

This apogee Moon is 404 641 km (251 432 mi) away from Earth. It is 767 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 068 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 5 May 2024 at 21:54 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

11 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

6 days after previous North standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.465°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.401° in the next southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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