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

Waxing Crescent in Leo

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 39% 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 25 May 2017 at 19:44.

Strawberry Moon after 9 days

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

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 ∠1897"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1897" and ∠1892".

Lunation 215 / 1168

The Moon is 6 days 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 after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 26 May 2017 at 01:23 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 June 2017 at 22:21 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 377 906 km

The Moon is 377 906 km (234 820 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 402 km (252 526 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 11:56 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 15 June 2017 at 02:40 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 27 May 2017 at 23:36 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.362° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.428° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 June 2017 at 03:36 in ♑ Capricorn.

New draconic month

At 11:56 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 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