Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 May 2011 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2011 | May 2011

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

Waxing Crescent 1% illuminated

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

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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 3 May 2011 at 06:51.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1807"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1807" and ∠1903".

Flower Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 12 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 10 May 2011 at 20:33
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 17 May 2011 at 11:09
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 24 May 2011 at 18:52
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 1 June 2011 at 21:03

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 140 / 1093

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 140 of Meeus index or 1093 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠216.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠216.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.4°.

Moon after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 29 April 2011 at 18:02 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 May 2011 at 11:18 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 396 715 km

The Moon is 396 715 km (246 507 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 133 km (225 019 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 22 April 2011 at 01:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.498°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠23.421° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 May 2011 at 03:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09 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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