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

Waxing Crescent in Sagittarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 4% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 4 November 2002 at 20:34.

Beaver Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 13 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.

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 ∠1940"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1936".

Lunation 35 / 988

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 35 of Meeus index or 988 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 48 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠14°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠14° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32.1°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 November 2002 at 11:30 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 369 447 km

The Moon is 369 447 km (229 564 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 795 km (252 149 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 15:22 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 20 November 2002 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 27 October 2002 at 06:34 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.735° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.781° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 November 2002 at 20:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34 in ♉ Taurus 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