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Moon phase on 5 May 2021 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2021 | May 2021

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

Waning Crescent 33% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 33% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 3 May 2021 at 19:50.

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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1846"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1846" and ∠1902".

Flower Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2021 after 20 days on 26 May 2021 at 11:14.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 11 May 2021 at 19:00
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 19 May 2021 at 19:13
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 26 May 2021 at 11:14
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 2 June 2021 at 07:24

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 263 / 1216

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 263 of Meeus index or 1216 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2021. It is 36 minutes longer 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠154.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠154.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠178.9°.

Moon before perigee

7 days after point of perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 May 2021 at 21:54 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 388 232 km

The Moon is 388 232 km (241 236 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 512 km (252 595 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 29 April 2021 at 09:18 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 13 May 2021 at 10:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

19 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 after southern standstill

4 days since the previous standstill on 1 May 2021 at 09:37 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.591°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.640° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 May 2021 at 22:25 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 11 May 2021 at 19:00 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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