Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 21 May 2043 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2043 | May 2043

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 95% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 15 May 2043 at 21:05.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1771"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1896".

Flower Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2043 after 2 days on 23 May 2043 at 23:37.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 23 May 2043 at 23:37
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 31 May 2043 at 19:25
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 7 June 2043 at 10:35
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 14 June 2043 at 10:19

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 536 / 1489

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 536 of Meeus index or 1489 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 14 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2043. It is 2 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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠0.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠0.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.9°.

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of perigee on 9 May 2043 at 02:32 in ♉ Taurus. 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 22 May 2043 at 14:46 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 404 713 km

The Moon is 404 713 km (251 477 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 276 km (252 448 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 19 May 2043 at 08:03 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 2 June 2043 at 17:02 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the previous standstill on 12 May 2043 at 00:03 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.531°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.459° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 May 2043 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 23 May 2043 at 23:37 in ♏ Scorpio 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.

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