Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 21 May 2017 Sunday 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 2 days on 19 May 2017 at 00:33.
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 first ∠1° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2017 after 19 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10.
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 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.
Length of current 214 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 minutes longer than next lunation 215 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
8 days after point of apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2017 at 01:23 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 375 915 km (233 583 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 210 km (221 960 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 31 May 2017 at 11:56 in ♌ Leo.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.302°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.362° in the next northern standstill on 27 May 2017 at 23:36 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 25 May 2017 at 19:44 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.