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 8% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 3 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 3 April 2011 at 14:32.

Pink Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2011 after 11 days on 18 April 2011 at 02:44.

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 ∠1798"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1917".

Lunation 139 / 1092

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 139 of Meeus index or 1092 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes and it is 2 hours and 6 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 3 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠190.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠190.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠216.7°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 2 April 2011 at 09:00 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 April 2011 at 05:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 398 604 km

The Moon is 398 604 km (247 681 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 088 km (222 506 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 25 March 2011 at 21:09 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 9 April 2011 at 12:48 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 25 March 2011 at 05:02 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.716° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.569° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 April 2011 at 22:55 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 18 April 2011 at 02:44 in ♎ Libra 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