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

Waxing Crescent in Sagittarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 27 November 2008 at 16:55.

Cold Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2008 after 13 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1946".

Lunation 110 / 1063

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 110 of Meeus index or 1063 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 28 minutes and it is 5 minutes shorter 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 6 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠161.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠161.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠186.6°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 16:55 about 15 days since last perigee on 14 November 2008 at 09:59 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 13 days until point of next perigee on 12 December 2008 at 21:37 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 406 480 km

This apogee Moon is 406 480 km (252 575 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 072 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 229 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 18 November 2008 at 18:37 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 3 December 2008 at 04:47 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon at southern standstill

At 02:41 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.025°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2008. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.024° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 12 December 2008 at 18:39.

Draconic month

23 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 13 days

In 13 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37 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