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 19% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 4 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 ∠20° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 18 October 2009 at 05:33.

Beaver Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 11 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.

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 ∠1794"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1928".

Lunation 121 / 1074

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes and it is 3 hours and 7 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 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠65.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠65.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99.9°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 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 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 399 553 km

The Moon is 399 553 km (248 271 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 168 km (251 138 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at southern standstill

At 12:10 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.951°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠25.856° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 5 November 2009 at 15:31.

Draconic month

24 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 11 days

In 11 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14 in ♉ Taurus 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