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 20% 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 in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 19 October 2017 at 19:12.

Beaver Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2017 after 10 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23.

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 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1930".

Lunation 220 / 1173

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 220 of Meeus index or 1173 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes and it is 2 hours and 18 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 3 hours and 46 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠114.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠114.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠147°.

Moon before apogee

15 days since point of perigee on 9 October 2017 at 05:51 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 October 2017 at 02:25 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 405 437 km

The Moon is 405 437 km (251 927 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 151 km (251 749 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 14 October 2017 at 22:10 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 29 October 2017 at 06:41 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 11 October 2017 at 18:21 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.616° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-19.741° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 October 2017 at 18:13 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 10 days

In 10 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23 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