Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 9 May 2017 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | May 2017

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

Waxing Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 3 May 2017 at 02:47.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1900".

Flower Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 1 day on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 10 May 2017 at 21:43
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 19 May 2017 at 00:33
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 25 May 2017 at 19:44
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 1 June 2017 at 12:42

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 214 / 1167

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠340.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.

Moon before perigee

11 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 401 149 km

The Moon is 401 149 km (249 262 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 212 km (252 408 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 4 May 2017 at 10:42 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

5 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 before southern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.187°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.302° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 10 May 2017 at 21:43 in ♏ Scorpio 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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