Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 May 2015 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | May 2015

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

Waxing Crescent 7% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 18 May 2015 at 04:13.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1854"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1854" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 13 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 25 May 2015 at 17:19
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 2 June 2015 at 16:19
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 9 June 2015 at 15:42
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 16 June 2015 at 14:05

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 190 / 1143

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 190 of Meeus index or 1143 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠48.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠48.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠78.1°.

Moon after perigee

5 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 386 586 km

The Moon is 386 586 km (240 213 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 246 km (251 187 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon at northern standstill

At 09:41 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.389°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.440° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 3 June 2015 at 21:10.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19 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.

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