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 30% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 5 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 ∠10° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 17 February 2007 at 16:14.

Worm Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2007 after 9 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1940".

Lunation 88 / 1041

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 88 of Meeus index or 1041 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 35 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 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠331.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠331.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠348.7°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 19 February 2007 at 09:34 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 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 March 2007 at 03:37 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 365 041 km

The Moon is 365 041 km (226 826 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 851 km (252 184 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 18 February 2007 at 20:43 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 4 March 2007 at 05:31 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 13 February 2007 at 07:33 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.568° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.600° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 February 2007 at 23:35 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17 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