Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 4 May 2020 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | May 2020

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

Waxing Gibbous 87% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 30 April 2020 at 20:38.

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1902".

Flower Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2020 after 2 days on 7 May 2020 at 10:45.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 7 May 2020 at 10:45
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 14 May 2020 at 14:03
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 22 May 2020 at 17:39
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 30 May 2020 at 03:30

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 251 / 1204

The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 251 of Meeus index or 1204 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 13 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 34 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠201.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠201.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠229.8°.

Moon before apogee

13 days after point of apogee on 20 April 2020 at 19:01 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 May 2020 at 03:03 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 363 466 km

The Moon is 363 466 km (225 847 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 656 km (223 480 mi).

Moon before descending node

6 days after ascending node on 27 April 2020 at 17:54 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 May 2020 at 09:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 28 April 2020 at 15:23 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.935°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.998° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 7 May 2020 at 10:45 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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