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

Waxing Crescent in Libra

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 43% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 29 June 2003 at 18:39.

Buck Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2003 after 7 days on 13 July 2003 at 19:21.

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 ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1887".

Lunation 43 / 996

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 43 of Meeus index or 996 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 40 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 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠234.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠234.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.5°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 25 June 2003 at 02:25 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 July 2003 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 367 784 km

The Moon is 367 784 km (228 530 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 143 km (226 889 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 26 June 2003 at 14:34 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 July 2003 at 04:17 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before southern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 29 June 2003 at 21:14 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.455° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.465° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 13 July 2003 at 19:21 in ♑ Capricorn 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