Moon* ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 18 May 2042 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 16 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 28 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 17 May 2042 at 09:30 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 May 2042 at 07:12 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 367 107 km (228 110 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 716 km (251 479 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 17 May 2042 at 06:49 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 May 2042 at 00:41 in ♏ Scorpio.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 9 May 2042 at 06:02 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.181°. Next 3 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.