Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 May 2006 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | May 2006

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

Waning Gibbous 71% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 71% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1948"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2006 after 24 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 20 May 2006 at 09:21
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 27 May 2006 at 05:26
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 3 June 2006 at 23:06
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 11 June 2006 at 18:03

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 78 / 1031

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 78 of Meeus index or 1031 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 42 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 7 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠38.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠38.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠64.2°.

Moon before apogee

11 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2006 at 06:47 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 22 May 2006 at 15:29 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 367 934 km

The Moon is 367 934 km (228 624 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 615 km (229 047 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 9 May 2006 at 08:29 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 22 May 2006 at 18:00 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 16 May 2006 at 03:52 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.539°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.490° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 May 2006 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 27 May 2006 at 05:26 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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