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

Waxing Crescent in Capricorn

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 19% 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 30 October 2016 at 17:38.

Beaver Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 10 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.

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 ∠1798"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1935".

Lunation 208 / 1161

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 208 of Meeus index or 1161 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.78 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes and it is 5 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2016. 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 5 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠170.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠170.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠194.9°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 November 2016 at 11:23 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 398 635 km

The Moon is 398 635 km (247 700 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 512 km (221 526 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 9 November 2016 at 15:57 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 13:04 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.737°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.814° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 17 November 2016 at 09:32.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52 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