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

Waxing Crescent in Libra

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% 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 is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 11 September 2007 at 12:44.

Harvest Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2007 after 14 days on 26 September 2007 at 19:45.

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 ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1907".

Lunation 95 / 1048

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 95 of Meeus index or 1048 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 46 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 31 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠131.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠131.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠159.5°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 31 August 2007 at 00:12 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 September 2007 at 21:06 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 401 093 km

The Moon is 401 093 km (249 228 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 645 km (252 056 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 10 September 2007 at 14:49 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 25 September 2007 at 00:40 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 5 September 2007 at 04:28 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.380° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.347° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 September 2007 at 16:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 26 September 2007 at 19:45 in ♓ Pisces 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