Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 May 2046 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2046 | May 2046

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

Waxing Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 13 May 2046 at 10:25.

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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1942"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2046 after 1 day on 20 May 2046 at 03:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 20 May 2046 at 03:15
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 27 May 2046 at 17:06
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 4 June 2046 at 15:22
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 11 June 2046 at 15:27

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 573 / 1526

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 573 of Meeus index or 1526 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

Length of current 573 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 574 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠239.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠239.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠274°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 16 May 2046 at 23:31 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 May 2046 at 21:55 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 369 002 km

Moon is 369 002 km (229 287 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 334 km (251 241 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 12 May 2046 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2046 at 04:58 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 8 May 2046 at 23:01 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.750°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.705° in the next southern standstill on 21 May 2046 at 18:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 20 May 2046 at 03:15 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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