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

Waxing Crescent in Sagittarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 44% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

7 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 7 days on 20 September 2017 at 05:30.

Hunter Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2017 after 8 days on 5 October 2017 at 18:40.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1915".

Lunation 219 / 1172

The Moon is 7 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 219 of Meeus index or 1172 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes and it is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠79°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠79° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠114.6°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 06:49 about 13 days since last perigee on 13 September 2017 at 16:04 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next perigee on 9 October 2017 at 05:51 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 404 342 km

This apogee Moon is 404 342 km (251 246 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 066 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 367 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 17 September 2017 at 18:28 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 2 October 2017 at 02:05 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 14 September 2017 at 13:00 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.438° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-19.516° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 September 2017 at 10:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 5 October 2017 at 18:40 in ♈ Aries 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