Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 6 May 2008 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | May 2008

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 2% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 5 May 2008 at 12:18.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1901".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 13 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 12 May 2008 at 03:47
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 20 May 2008 at 02:11
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 28 May 2008 at 02:57
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 3 June 2008 at 19:23

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 103 / 1056

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 103 of Meeus index or 1056 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.29 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes. It is 8 minutes longer 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 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 29 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠349.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.4°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 03:22. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next apogee on 20 May 2008 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 357 772 km

This perigee Moon is 357 772 km (222 309 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 736 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 584 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

6 days after ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 12 May 2008 at 06:37 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 24 April 2008 at 22:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.695°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠27.625° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 May 2008 at 01:51 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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