Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 22 May 2023 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | May 2023

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

Waxing Crescent 8% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 19 May 2023 at 15:53.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1793"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1895".

Strawberry Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2023 after 12 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 27 May 2023 at 15:22
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 4 June 2023 at 03:42
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 10 June 2023 at 19:31
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 18 June 2023 at 04:37

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 289 / 1242

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 289 of Meeus index or 1242 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 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 same as the mean

The length of the current synodic month is equal to the mean synodic month length. It is %hours_to_shortest% and %minutes_to_shortest% longer than the 21st century's shortest and %hours_to_longest% and %minutes_to_longest% shorter than the 21st century's longest synodic months.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠92.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠92.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.4°.

Moon before perigee

11 days after point of perigee on 11 May 2023 at 04:57 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 May 2023 at 01:39 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 399 807 km

The Moon is 399 807 km (248 429 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 510 km (251 351 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 17 May 2023 at 19:36 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 1 June 2023 at 06:23 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon at northern standstill

At 14:08 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.903°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.866° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 5 June 2023 at 16:21.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 4 June 2023 at 03:42 in ♐ Sagittarius 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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