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 34% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 passing about ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 18 September 2009 at 18:44.

Hunter Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2009 after 9 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10.

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 ∠1800"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1913".

Lunation 120 / 1073

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 120 of Meeus index or 1073 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes and it is 2 hours and 52 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠39.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠39.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠65.2°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 16 September 2009 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo 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 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 398 290 km

The Moon is 398 290 km (247 486 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 432 km (251 302 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 14 September 2009 at 20:56 in ♋ Cancer 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 28 September 2009 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 12 September 2009 at 04:36 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.289° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.188° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 September 2009 at 04:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10 in ♈ Aries 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