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

Waxing Crescent in Gemini

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 20% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 4 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 is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 22 March 2012 at 14:37.

Pink Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 10 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

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 ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1922".

Lunation 151 / 1104

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes and it is 12 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2012. 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 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠142.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠142.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠168.7°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 307 km

The Moon is 404 307 km (251 225 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 314 km (222 646 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 13 March 2012 at 20:41 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.032° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠21.890° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19 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