Waxing Crescent Moon
Waxing Crescent MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Waxing Crescent in Gemini

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 9% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 3 days young.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 23 April 2001 at 15:26.

Flower Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 11 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1912"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1912" and ∠1906".

Lunation 16 / 969

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 16 of Meeus index or 969 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes and it is 2 hours and 8 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠267.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠267.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠299.7°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 17 April 2001 at 06:06 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 May 2001 at 03:37 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 374 857 km

The Moon is 374 857 km (232 925 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 426 km (229 551 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 14 April 2001 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 28 April 2001 at 09:43 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 14 April 2001 at 11:36 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.123° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.248° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 April 2001 at 16:18 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov