Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 October 2031 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2031 | October 2031

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

Waxing Crescent 5% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 16 October 2031 at 08:21.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1914"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1926".

Hunter Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2031 after 11 days on 30 October 2031 at 07:33.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 393 / 1346

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 393 of Meeus index or 1346 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 393 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 49 minutes. It is 53 minutes longer than next lunation 394 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 58 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠281.8°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠281.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠312.6°. 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 before perigee

9 days after point of apogee on 9 October 2031 at 06:23 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 October 2031 at 20:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 374 585 km

Moon is 374 585 km (232 756 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 022 km (229 921 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 06:54 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 31 October 2031 at 06:09 in ♉ Taurus.

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New draconic month

At 06:54 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before southern standstill

12 days after previous North standstill on 6 October 2031 at 07:31 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.418°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.359° in the next southern standstill on 20 October 2031 at 11:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 30 October 2031 at 07:33 in ♉ Taurus, 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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