Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 May 2012 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | May 2012

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

Waning Crescent 11% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 11% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 12 May 2012 at 21:47.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1779"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1897".

Strawberry Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 17 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 20 May 2012 at 23:47
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 28 May 2012 at 20:16
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 4 June 2012 at 11:12
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 11 June 2012 at 10:41

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 152 / 1105

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 152 of Meeus index or 1105 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 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 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠168.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠168.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠191.8°.

Moon before perigee

11 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 402 865 km

The Moon is 402 865 km (250 329 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 451 km (252 557 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 7 May 2012 at 09:43 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 May 2012 at 09:21 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

10 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

9 days since the previous standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.719°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.709° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 May 2012 at 11:13 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 20 May 2012 at 23:47 in ♉ Taurus 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.

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