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

Waxing Crescent in Taurus

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 25% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 5 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 14 February 2010 at 02:51.

Snow Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2010 after 9 days on 28 February 2010 at 16:38.

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 ∠1842"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1842" and ∠1941".

Lunation 125 / 1078

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 125 of Meeus index or 1078 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 10 minutes and it is 2 hours and 42 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 5 hours and 26 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 37 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠188.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠188.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠215.2°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 13 February 2010 at 02:06 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 February 2010 at 21:40 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 389 144 km

The Moon is 389 144 km (241 803 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 832 km (222 346 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 11 February 2010 at 04:58 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 February 2010 at 09:11 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 8 February 2010 at 14:27 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.749° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.657° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 February 2010 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 28 February 2010 at 16:38 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