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

Waxing Crescent in Aquarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 1 day 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 20 January 2015 at 13:14.

Snow Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 13 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1950".

Lunation 186 / 1139

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 186 of Meeus index or 1139 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes and it is 45 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠338.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠338.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠354.5°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 20:06 about 12 days since last apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next apogee on 6 February 2015 at 06:25 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 359 643 km

This perigee Moon is 359 643 km (223 472 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 865 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 713 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 18 January 2015 at 06:17 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.577° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.513° at the point of next northern standstill on 31 January 2015 at 00:59 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09 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