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 17% 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 in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 18 April 2015 at 18:57.

Flower Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 11 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.

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 ∠1863"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1863" and ∠1909".

Lunation 189 / 1142

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 189 of Meeus index or 1142 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes and it is 36 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2015. 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 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠27.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠27.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠48.8°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries 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 29 April 2015 at 03:55 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 384 694 km

The Moon is 384 694 km (239 038 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 085 km (251 708 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 17 April 2015 at 13:07 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 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra.

Moon at northern standstill

At 23:26 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.280°. Over the upcoming 15 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.343° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 7 May 2015 at 13:39.

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 11 days

In 11 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42 in ♏ Scorpio 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