Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 23 May 2001 Wednesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2001 after 13 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 02:46 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 17 of Meeus index or 970 from Brown series.
29 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes is the length of new lunation 17. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes longer than next lunation 18 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 37 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠299.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠324.1°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 15 May 2001 at 01:29 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 May 2001 at 07:07 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 377 159 km (234 356 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 036 km (228 687 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2001 at 13:51 in ♊ Gemini.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2001 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.329°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.388° in the next northern standstill on 25 May 2001 at 23:03 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.