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

Waxing Crescent in Aquarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 8% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 13 January 2002 at 13:29.

Wolf Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2002 after 12 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50.

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 ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1950".

Lunation 25 / 978

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 25 of Meeus index or 978 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 12 minutes and it is 10 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠123.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠123.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.3°.

Moon before apogee

14 days since point of perigee on 2 January 2002 at 07:13 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 January 2002 at 08:50 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 404 380 km

The Moon is 404 380 km (251 270 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 503 km (251 968 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 11 January 2002 at 11:56 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 26 January 2002 at 00:27 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 12 January 2002 at 15:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.240° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.270° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 January 2002 at 01:56 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 28 January 2002 at 22:50 in ♌ Leo 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