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

Waxing Crescent in Aries

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 12% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 3 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 25 February 2009 at 01:35.

Worm Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2009 after 10 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38.

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 ∠1896"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1896" and ∠1937".

Lunation 113 / 1066

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 113 of Meeus index or 1066 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 31 minutes and it is 3 hours and 14 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 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠246.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠246.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠282.4°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 19 February 2009 at 17:00 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 March 2009 at 15:06 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 378 063 km

The Moon is 378 063 km (234 917 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 020 km (228 056 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 22 February 2009 at 20:31 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 8 March 2009 at 04:05 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 18 February 2009 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.057° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.987° at the point of next northern standstill on 4 March 2009 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 11 March 2009 at 02:38 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