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

Waxing Crescent in Scorpio

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 6% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 13 October 2015 at 00:06.

Hunter Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2015 after 12 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05.

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 ∠1795"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1795" and ∠1924".

Lunation 195 / 1148

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 195 of Meeus index or 1148 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes and it is 59 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2015. 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 4 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠192.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠192.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠220.3°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 11 October 2015 at 13:17 in ♍ Virgo 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 26 October 2015 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 399 207 km

The Moon is 399 207 km (248 056 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 464 km (222 739 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 11 October 2015 at 10:54 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 October 2015 at 07:37 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 3 October 2015 at 23:55 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.140° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.190° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 October 2015 at 18:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

4 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 12 days

In 12 days on 27 October 2015 at 12:05 in ♉ Taurus 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