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Moon phase on 6 May 2056 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2056 | May 2056

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 51% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 6 May 2056 at 13:30 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1853"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1901".

Flower Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2056 after 22 days on 29 May 2056 at 01:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 14 May 2056 at 16:06
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 22 May 2056 at 11:50
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 29 May 2056 at 01:58
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 5 June 2056 at 03:21

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 696 / 1649

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 696 of Meeus index or 1649 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 31 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠172.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠172.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠196°.

Moon before perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 29 April 2056 at 14:48 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 May 2056 at 22:15 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 386 755 km

The Moon is 386 755 km (240 318 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 547 km (252 617 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 4 May 2056 at 20:18 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 19 May 2056 at 11:10 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 3 May 2056 at 22:04 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.812°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.920° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 May 2056 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 14 May 2056 at 16:06 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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