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 6% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 29 March 2006 at 10:15.

Pink Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 13 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

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 ∠1921"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1921" and ∠1920".

Lunation 77 / 1030

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 77 of Meeus index or 1030 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes and it is 13 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2006. 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 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠19°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠19° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠38.4°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 373 187 km

The Moon is 373 187 km (231 888 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 551 km (251 998 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 12 April 2006 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 22 March 2006 at 16:53 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.725° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.715° at the point of next northern standstill on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

2 days 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 13 days

In 13 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40 in ♎ Libra 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