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 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 25 May 2017 at 19:44.

Strawberry Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2017 after 14 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1894".

Lunation 215 / 1168

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 215 of Meeus index or 1168 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes and it is 29 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2017. 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 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠356°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠356° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠11°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 01:23 about 13 days since last apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 13 days until point of next apogee on 8 June 2017 at 22:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 357 210 km

This perigee Moon is 357 210 km (221 960 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2017. It is 5 298 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 785 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 19 May 2017 at 01:30 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 31 May 2017 at 11:56 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 14 May 2017 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.302° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠19.362° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 May 2017 at 23:36 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 9 June 2017 at 13:10 in ♐ Sagittarius 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