Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 5 May 2024 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 1 May 2024 at 11:27.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 18 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 300 of Meeus index or 1253 from Brown series.
Length of current 300 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2024. It is 15 minutes shorter than next lunation 301 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠17.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠36°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 22:11, this is 15 days after last apogee on 20 April 2024 at 02:09 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 363 166 km (225 661 mi) away from Earth. It is 658 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 190 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 21:54 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra.
At 21:54 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous South standstill on 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.509°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.465° in the next northern standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 8 May 2024 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.