Moon Phase for Saturday May 8th, 2021
The current moon phase for today is the Waning Crescent phase.
On this day, the moon is 26.03 days old and 10.77% illuminated with a tilt of -79.614°. The approximate distance from Earth to the moon is 402,002.61 km and the moon sign is Aries.
The Moon phase for today is a Waning Crescent phase. This is the phase where the moon is less than 50% illuminated but has not yet reached 0% illumination (which would be a New Moon).
In this part of the moon cycle, it is getting closer and closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing earth with a decreasingly thin crescent being illuminated.
The waning (shrinking) crescement Moon will rise at around midnight, transit the meridian after sunrise, before setting after noon. This phase is best viewed 1-2 hours before sunrise and is a great time to see the features of the Moon's surface. Along the illuminated crescent you can see the craters and mountains of the moon casting long shadows.
The Waxing Gibbous phase, like all moon phases, will last for just over 7 days. The actual length will vary because of the elliptical shaped orbit of the moon. During this Waxing Gibbous phase the moon will rise in the east in the mid- to late-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset.
Assuming it's a clear night, the Waxing Gibbous moon will then be visible through most of the night before setting just before sunrise.
Fun fact: the illuminated side of a waning crescent moon is always pointed eastwards, towards the sunrise.
Moon Phase Details - May 8th, 2021
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon age: 26.03 days
Moon illumination: 10.77%
Moon tilt: -79.614°
Moon angle: 0.5
Moon distance: 402,002.61 km
Moon sign: Aries
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