Crescent ♈ Aries
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 27% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 20 May 2006 at 09:21.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2006 after 20 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03.
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.
The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 78 of Meeus index or 1031 from Brown series.
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°).
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.
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 is at perigee at 15:29. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 7 May 2006 at 06:47 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next apogee on 4 June 2006 at 01:41 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 368 615 km (229 047 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 107 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 741 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 18:00 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 5 June 2006 at 12:10 in ♎ Libra.
At 18:00 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
6 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 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.490° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 May 2006 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer.
In 4 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.