Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 31% and growing larger.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 21 April 2012 at 07:18.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.66% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1819" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May after 8 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
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.
Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 152 of Meeus index or 1105 from Brown series.
Length of current 152 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 153.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠168.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠191.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).
4 days after point of apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 8 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 6 May 2012 at 03:33.
Moon is 394 084 km (244 873 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 4 days, distance is 406 422 km (252 539 mi). Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 356 954 km (221 801 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 24 April 2012 at 03:44, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 May 2012 at 09:43.
17 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.
2 days after previous North standstill on 25 April 2012 at 05:37, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠21.738°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 10 days to face South declination of ∠-21.719° in the next southern standstill on 8 May 2012 at 06:18.
After 8 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.