Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 17 May 2042 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 12 May 2042 at 19:18.
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 first ∠0° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 17 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 523 of Meeus index or 1476 from Brown series.
Length of current 523 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2042. It is 17 minutes shorter than next lunation 524 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠15.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠33.6°. 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 09:30, this is 15 days after last apogee on 1 May 2042 at 15:06 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 29 May 2042 at 07:12 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 362 606 km (225 313 mi) away from Earth. It is 98 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 7 750 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 06:49 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 31 May 2042 at 00:41 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 06:49 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
8 days after previous South standstill on 9 May 2042 at 06:02 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.181°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.143° in the next northern standstill on 21 May 2042 at 23:31 in ♊ Gemini.
After 1 day on 19 May 2042 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.