Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 23 May 2031 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 21 May 2031 at 07:17.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2031 after 12 days on 5 June 2031 at 11:58.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 388 of Meeus index or 1341 from Brown series.
Length of current 388 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 7 minutes. It is 9 minutes shorter than next lunation 389 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 40 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠139.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠165.9°. 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°).
14 days after point of perigee on 9 May 2031 at 07:28 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 May 2031 at 02:08 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 404 743 km (251 496 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 723 km (252 105 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 21 May 2031 at 03:26 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 June 2031 at 09:20 in ♏ Scorpio.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 22 May 2031 at 19:41 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.091°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.099° in the next southern standstill on 5 June 2031 at 17:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 5 June 2031 at 11:58 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.