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 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 in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 13 June 2018 at 19:43.

Strawberry Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2018 after 10 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1888".

Lunation 228 / 1181

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 228 of Meeus index or 1181 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 5 minutes and it is 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2018. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠340.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 June 2018 at 02:43 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 364 728 km

The Moon is 364 728 km (226 631 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 061 km (252 315 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 16 June 2018 at 17:50 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 30 June 2018 at 16:44 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 15 June 2018 at 00:52 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.754° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.775° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 June 2018 at 14:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53 in ♑ Capricorn 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