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

Waxing Crescent in Scorpio

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 2% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 1 day 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 2 November 2005 at 01:25.

Beaver Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2005 after 12 days on 16 November 2005 at 00:58.

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 ∠1885"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1885" and ∠1935".

Lunation 72 / 1025

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 72 of Meeus index or 1025 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 36 minutes and it is 1 hour and 25 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 52 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 11 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠273.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠273.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠306.3°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 26 October 2005 at 09:34 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 November 2005 at 00:15 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 380 319 km

The Moon is 380 319 km (236 319 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 014 km (229 916 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 31 October 2005 at 00:32 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 November 2005 at 02:02 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 22 October 2005 at 15:02 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.583° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.529° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 November 2005 at 22:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

17 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 12 days

In 12 days on 16 November 2005 at 00:58 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