Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 5 May 2022 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2022 | May 2022

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

Waxing Crescent 19% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 19% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 30 April 2022 at 20:28.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1902".

Flower Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2022 after 10 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 9 May 2022 at 00:21
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 16 May 2022 at 04:14
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 22 May 2022 at 18:43
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 30 May 2022 at 11:30

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 276 / 1229

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 276 of Meeus index or 1229 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 20 minutes shorter 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 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠126°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠126°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.2°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 12:46. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 19 April 2022 at 15:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 17 May 2022 at 15:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 405 287 km

This apogee Moon is 405 287 km (251 834 mi) away from Earth. It is 121 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 422 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 1 May 2022 at 19:53 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon at northern standstill

At 15:55 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠26.967°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-26.964° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 19 May 2022 at 01:21.

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Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14 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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