Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 3 May 2011 Tuesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 13 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 06:51 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 140 of Meeus index or 1093 from Brown series.
29 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes is the length of new lunation 140. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 141 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠216.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.4°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 29 April 2011 at 18:02 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2011 at 11:18 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 400 110 km (248 617 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 133 km (225 019 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 22 April 2011 at 01:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.498°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.421° in the next northern standstill on 6 May 2011 at 03:54 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.