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

Waxing Crescent in Taurus

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 20% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 4 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 10 March 2005 at 09:10.

Worm Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2005 after 11 days on 25 March 2005 at 20:58.

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 ∠1834"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1834" and ∠1930".

Lunation 64 / 1017

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 64 of Meeus index or 1017 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes and it is 51 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 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠36.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠36.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠62.3°.

Moon before apogee

6 days since point of perigee on 8 March 2005 at 03:42 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 March 2005 at 22:54 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 390 814 km

The Moon is 390 814 km (242 841 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 848 km (251 561 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 12 March 2005 at 17:37 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 March 2005 at 05:15 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 5 March 2005 at 04:40 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.257° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.325° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 March 2005 at 08:25 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 25 March 2005 at 20:58 in ♍ Virgo 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