Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 20 May 2012 at 23:47.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2012 after 11 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12.
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 153 of Meeus index or 1106 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 53 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠191.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠217.1°.
3 days after point of apogee on 19 May 2012 at 16:13 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2012 at 13:19 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 399 588 km (248 292 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 483 km (222 751 mi).
2 days after descending node on 21 May 2012 at 09:21 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 3 June 2012 at 20:38 in ♏ Scorpio.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 22 May 2012 at 11:13 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.709°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.714° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 June 2012 at 17:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 4 June 2012 at 11:12 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.