Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 27 May 2017 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | May 2017

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

Waxing Crescent 4% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 4% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 25 May 2017 at 19:44.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1893".

Strawberry Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2017 after 13 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 1 June 2017 at 12:42
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 9 June 2017 at 13:10
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 17 June 2017 at 11:33
  • New Moon in Cancer ♋ on 24 June 2017 at 02:31

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 215 / 1168

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 215 of Meeus index or 1168 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2017. It is 29 minutes shorter 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 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠356°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠356°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠11°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 26 May 2017 at 01:23 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 June 2017 at 22:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 364 229 km

The Moon is 364 229 km (226 321 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 402 km (252 526 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 May 2017 at 11:56 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon at northern standstill

At 23:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠19.362°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-19.428° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 11 June 2017 at 03:36.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10 in ♐ Sagittarius 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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