Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 31 May 2016 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 29 May 2016 at 12:12.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 19 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
12 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 364 984 km (226 791 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 142 km (224 403 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.539°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.575° in the next northern standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 5 June 2016 at 03:00 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.