Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 1 May 2016 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | May 2016

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

Waning Crescent 35% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 35% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 30 April 2016 at 03:29.

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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1923"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1904".

Flower Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 20 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 6 May 2016 at 19:30
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 13 May 2016 at 17:02
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 21 May 2016 at 21:15
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 29 May 2016 at 12:12

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 201 / 1154

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 minutes longer 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 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠355.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠10.8°.

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 372 764 km

The Moon is 372 764 km (231 625 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 828 km (222 344 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the previous standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.382°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.447° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 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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