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 38% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 8 June 2013 at 15:56.

Strawberry Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2013 after 7 days on 23 June 2013 at 11:32.

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 ∠1833"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1833" and ∠1889".

Lunation 166 / 1119

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 166 of Meeus index or 1119 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes and it is 42 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠168.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠168.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠191.6°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 9 June 2013 at 21:40 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 June 2013 at 11:09 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 391 001 km

The Moon is 391 001 km (242 957 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 990 km (221 823 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 6 June 2013 at 00:59 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 June 2013 at 09:51 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 8 June 2013 at 19:16 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.200° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.186° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 June 2013 at 16:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 23 June 2013 at 11:32 in ♑ Capricorn 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