Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 26% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 23 April 2001 at 15:26.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 9 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.
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.
The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 16 of Meeus index or 969 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠267.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠299.7°.
11 days after point of apogee on 17 April 2001 at 06:06 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 May 2001 at 03:37 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 367 428 km (228 309 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 426 km (229 551 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 09:43 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 12 days later on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 09:43 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
At 16:18 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠23.248°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-23.329° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 11 May 2001 at 20:26.
In 9 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.