Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 21 May 2005 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 16 May 2005 at 08:56.
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 ∠0° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1867" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2005 after 2 days on 23 May 2005 at 20:18.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 66 of Meeus index or 1019 from Brown series.
Length of current 66 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 10 minutes. It is 57 minutes shorter than next lunation 67 length.
Length of current synodic month is 26 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 37 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠96.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠131.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
6 days after point of apogee on 14 May 2005 at 13:41 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2005 at 10:43 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 384 005 km (238 610 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 241 km (226 329 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 20 May 2005 at 22:02 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 June 2005 at 15:14 in ♈ Aries.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 12 May 2005 at 00:42 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.317°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.270° in the next southern standstill on 25 May 2005 at 23:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 23 May 2005 at 20:18 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.