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

Waxing Crescent in Virgo

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 29 August 2011 at 03:04.

Harvest Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1901".

Lunation 144 / 1097

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 144 of Meeus index or 1097 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes and it is 42 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2011. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠333.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠333.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠350.1°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 17:35 about 12 days since last apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next apogee on 15 September 2011 at 06:23 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 360 858 km

This perigee Moon is 360 858 km (224 227 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 650 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 498 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

6 days after descending node on 23 August 2011 at 17:23 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 23 August 2011 at 12:17 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.149° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.047° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2011 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27 in ♓ Pisces 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