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

Waxing Crescent in Scorpio

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 4% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 26 October 2011 at 19:56.

Beaver Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2011 after 13 days on 10 November 2011 at 20:16.

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 ∠1956"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1931".

Lunation 146 / 1099

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 146 of Meeus index or 1099 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 43 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 2 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠5.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠5.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠21.6°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 26 October 2011 at 12:26 in ♎ Libra 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 8 November 2011 at 13:20 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 366 461 km

The Moon is 366 461 km (227 708 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 177 km (252 387 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 16 October 2011 at 21:01 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 29 October 2011 at 14:59 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 17 October 2011 at 02:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.665° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.609° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 October 2011 at 20:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

26 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 13 days

In 13 days on 10 November 2011 at 20:16 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