Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 February 2021 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2021 | February 2021

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

Waxing Crescent 38% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 38% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 11 February 2021 at 19:06.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1941".

Snow Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2021 after 8 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17.

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 261 / 1214

The Moon is 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 261 of Meeus index or 1214 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

Length of current 261 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 55 minutes shorter than next lunation 262 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠87°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠87°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠124.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 10:22, this is 14 days after last perigee on 3 February 2021 at 19:33 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 404 467 km

This apogee Moon is 404 467 km (251 324 mi) away from Earth. It is 941 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 242 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

11 days after its descending node on 7 February 2021 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 February 2021 at 01:44 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 8 February 2021 at 15:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.953°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.056° in the next northern standstill on 23 February 2021 at 00:12 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17 in ♍ Virgo, 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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