Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 15 May 2021 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 11 May 2021 at 19:00.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2021 after 10 days on 26 May 2021 at 11:14.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 264 of Meeus index or 1217 from Brown series.
Length of current 264 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 53 minutes. It is 1 hour and 29 minutes longer than next lunation 265 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 54 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠178.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠202.3°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 11 May 2021 at 21:54 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2021 at 01:52 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 399 699 km (248 361 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 310 km (222 022 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 13 May 2021 at 10:29 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 May 2021 at 19:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 22:25 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.640°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.647° in its southern standstill point on 28 May 2021 at 19:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 26 May 2021 at 11:14 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.