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

Waxing Crescent in Capricorn

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 12% 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 12 November 2004 at 14:27.

Beaver Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2004 after 11 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1940".

Lunation 60 / 1013

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 60 of Meeus index or 1013 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes and it is 28 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 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠327.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠327.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.8°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 14 November 2004 at 13:54 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 363 506 km

The Moon is 363 506 km (225 872 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 953 km (252 247 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 11 November 2004 at 07:43 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2004 at 04:05 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 14:59 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.013°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.963° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 29 November 2004 at 08:28.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07 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