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Moon phase on 20 May 2020 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | May 2020

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

Waning Crescent 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 14 May 2020 at 14:03.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1775"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1896".

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 16 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 22 May 2020 at 17:39
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 30 May 2020 at 03:30
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 5 June 2020 at 19:12
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 13 June 2020 at 06:24

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 27 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.

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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 after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2020 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2020 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 403 793 km

The Moon is 403 793 km (250 905 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 366 km (226 407 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 10 May 2020 at 09:01 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 24 May 2020 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the previous standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.998°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.055° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 May 2020 at 21:16 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 22 May 2020 at 17:39 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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