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 9% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 12 December 2004 at 01:29.

Cold Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 12 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

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 ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1950".

Lunation 61 / 1014

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes and it is 9 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2004. 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 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠345.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠345.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 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 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 363 705 km

The Moon is 363 705 km (225 996 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 488 km (252 580 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.935° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.905° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 December 2004 at 14:10 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06 in ♊ Gemini 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