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 42% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 20 March 2015 at 09:36.

Pink Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 9 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.

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 ∠1849"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1923".

Lunation 188 / 1141

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes and it is 5 minutes longer 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠9.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠9.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.1°.

Moon before apogee

6 days since point of perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 387 743 km

The Moon is 387 743 km (240 932 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 012 km (252 284 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 April 2015 at 03:17 in ♎ Libra.

Moon at northern standstill

At 14:29 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.241°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.250° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 10 April 2015 at 07:46.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06 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