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

Waxing Crescent in Cancer

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 is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 24 May 2009 at 12:11.

Strawberry Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 12 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1894".

Lunation 116 / 1069

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 116 of Meeus index or 1069 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 24 minutes and it is 24 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 5 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠332.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠332.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠349.4°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 03:44 about 12 days since last apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next apogee on 10 June 2009 at 16:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 361 155 km

This perigee Moon is 361 155 km (224 411 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 353 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 201 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 May 2009 at 10:19 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 25 May 2009 at 16:56 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.451° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.429° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 June 2009 at 02:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

11 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 12 days

In 12 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12 in ♐ Sagittarius 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