Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 May 2056 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2056 | May 2056

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

Waxing Crescent 7% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 14 May 2056 at 16:06.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1805"

Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2056 after 11 days on 29 May 2056 at 01:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 22 May 2056 at 11:50
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 29 May 2056 at 01:58
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 5 June 2056 at 03:21
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 13 June 2056 at 07:04

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 697 / 1650

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 697 of Meeus index or 1650 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.62 days

Length of current 697 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 58 minutes. It is 1 hour and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 698 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠196°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠196°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠222.4°. 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 apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 12 May 2056 at 22:15 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 May 2056 at 00:00 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 397 176 km

Moon is 397 176 km (246 794 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 868 km (222 990 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after its descending node on 4 May 2056 at 20:18 in ♑ Capricorn, 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 19 May 2056 at 11:10 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

13 days after previous South standstill on 3 May 2056 at 22:04 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.812°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.920° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2056 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 29 May 2056 at 01:58 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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