Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 18 May 2020 Monday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 14 May 2020 at 14:03.
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 ∠11° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 18 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.
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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 251 of Meeus index or 1204 from Brown series.
Length of current 251 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 13 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 252 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 34 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠201.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠229.8°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 07:45, this is 12 days after last perigee on 6 May 2020 at 03:03 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2020 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 584 km (252 018 mi) away from Earth. It is 176 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 125 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its descending node on 10 May 2020 at 09:01 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 May 2020 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.998°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.055° in the next northern standstill on 25 May 2020 at 21:16 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 22 May 2020 at 17:39 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.