Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 9 May 2016 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1900".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 12 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
Length of current 202 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 203 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 372 088 km (231 205 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 934 km (252 236 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 21:54 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.447°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.539° in its southern standstill point on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.