Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 May 2001 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2001 | May 2001

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

Waning Crescent 8% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 15 May 2001 at 10:11.

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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1831"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2001 after 16 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 23 May 2001 at 02:46
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 29 May 2001 at 22:09
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 6 June 2001 at 01:39
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 14 June 2001 at 03:28

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 16 / 969

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 16 of Meeus index or 969 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠267.3°

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°.

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 15 May 2001 at 01:29 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 May 2001 at 07:07 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 391 508 km

The Moon is 391 508 km (243 272 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 036 km (228 687 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2001 at 13:51 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 11 May 2001 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.329°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.388° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 May 2001 at 23:03 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 23 May 2001 at 02:46 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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