Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 12 May 2056 Friday 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 5 days on 6 May 2056 at 13:30.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2056 after 16 days on 29 May 2056 at 01:58.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 696 of Meeus index or 1649 from Brown series.
Length of current 696 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer than next lunation 697 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 31 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠172.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠196°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 22:15, this is 13 days after last perigee on 29 April 2056 at 14:48 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 May 2056 at 00:00 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 406 547 km (252 617 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 139 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 162 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 4 May 2056 at 20:18 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 May 2056 at 11:10 in ♋ Cancer.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 3 May 2056 at 22:04 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.812°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.920° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2056 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 14 May 2056 at 16:06 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.