Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 5 May 2011 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 3 May 2011 at 06:51.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1825" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 11 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 2 days 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.
Length of current 140 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes. 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°).
5 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 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2011 at 11:18 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 392 698 km (244 011 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 362 133 km (225 019 mi).
13 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.498°. Next day 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.
After 11 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.