Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 30 August 2011 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2011 | August 2011

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

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 29 August 2011 at 03:04.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1901".

Harvest Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 144 / 1097

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 144 of Meeus index or 1097 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

Length of current 144 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2011. It is 42 minutes shorter than next lunation 145 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠333.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠333.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠350.1°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 17:35, this is 12 days after last apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 15 September 2011 at 06:23 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 360 858 km

This perigee Moon is 360 858 km (224 227 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 650 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 498 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

6 days after its descending node on 23 August 2011 at 17:23 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 23 August 2011 at 12:17 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.149°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.047° in the next southern standstill on 5 September 2011 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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