Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 4% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
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.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.
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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 7 minutes. It is 9 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠139.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠165.9°.
14 days after point of perigee on 9 May 2031 at 07:28 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 May 2031 at 02:08 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 404 743 km (251 496 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 723 km (252 105 mi).
2 days after descending node on 21 May 2031 at 03:26 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 June 2031 at 09:20 in ♏ Scorpio.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 22 May 2031 at 19:41 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.091°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.099° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 June 2031 at 17:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 5 June 2031 at 11:58 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.