Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 May 2042 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2042 | May 2042

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

Waning Crescent 12% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 12% 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 2042 at 19:18.

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 ∠15° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 18 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 19 May 2042 at 10:55
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 26 May 2042 at 18:18
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 3 June 2042 at 20:48
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 11 June 2042 at 01:00

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 523 / 1476

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 523 of Meeus index or 1476 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.36 days

Length of current 523 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2042. It is 17 minutes shorter than next lunation 524 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠15.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.6°. 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 before perigee

14 days after point of apogee on 1 May 2042 at 15:06 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2042 at 09:30 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 363 476 km

Moon is 363 476 km (225 854 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 606 km (225 313 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after its descending node on 3 May 2042 at 18:54 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 2042 at 06:49 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

26 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 before northern standstill

7 days after previous South standstill on 9 May 2042 at 06:02 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.181°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.143° in the next northern standstill on 21 May 2042 at 23:31 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 19 May 2042 at 10:55 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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