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

Waxing Crescent in Aries

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 6% 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 21 February 2012 at 22:35.

Worm Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2012 after 12 days on 8 March 2012 at 09:40.

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 ∠1785"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1939".

Lunation 150 / 1103

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes and it is 38 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 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 44 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠107.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠107.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠142.2°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 11 February 2012 at 18:32 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 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 February 2012 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 401 616 km

The Moon is 401 616 km (249 553 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 864 km (251 571 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 15 February 2012 at 20:16 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 29 February 2012 at 22:37 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 16 February 2012 at 08:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.299° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.150° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 March 2012 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

8 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 8 March 2012 at 09:40 in ♍ Virgo 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