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

Waxing Crescent in Pisces

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 11% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 23 January 2012 at 07:39.

Snow Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 12 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.

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 ∠1805"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1949".

Lunation 149 / 1102

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 8 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠70.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠70.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠107.8°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 397 068 km

The Moon is 397 068 km (246 727 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 325 km (251 236 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.492° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.404° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

6 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 12 days

In 12 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54 in ♌ Leo 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