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

Waxing Crescent in Cancer

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 10 June 2002 at 23:47.

Strawberry Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2002 after 12 days on 24 June 2002 at 21:42.

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1882"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1882" and ∠1889".

Lunation 30 / 983

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 30 of Meeus index or 983 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes and it is 1 hour and 51 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 2 hours and 5 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 5 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠268.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠268.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠300.4°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 June 2002 at 07:24 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 380 802 km

The Moon is 380 802 km (236 619 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 308 km (229 477 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 10 June 2002 at 20:00 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 23 June 2002 at 18:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 14:17 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.058°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.048° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 25 June 2002 at 11:49.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 24 June 2002 at 21:42 in ♐ Sagittarius 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