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

Waxing Crescent in Libra

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 2% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 1 day 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 8 September 2010 at 10:30.

Harvest Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2010 after 13 days on 23 September 2010 at 09:17.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1905".

Lunation 132 / 1085

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 132 of Meeus index or 1085 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes and it is 1 hour 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 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠4.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠4.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20.4°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 8 September 2010 at 04:00 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 September 2010 at 08:03 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 364 881 km

The Moon is 364 881 km (226 727 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 169 km (252 382 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 4 September 2010 at 00:16 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 16 September 2010 at 13:56 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 2 September 2010 at 11:20 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.807° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.710° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 September 2010 at 23:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

19 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 13 days

In 13 days on 23 September 2010 at 09:17 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