Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 31 May 2001 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 29 May 2001 at 22:09.
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 is passing first ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2001 after 5 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 17 of Meeus index or 970 from Brown series.
Length of current 17 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 27 May 2001 at 07:07 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 June 2001 at 19:48 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 367 765 km (228 519 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 630 km (251 425 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 25 May 2001 at 13:51 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 June 2001 at 17:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 25 May 2001 at 23:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.388°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.414° in the next southern standstill on 8 June 2001 at 05:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.