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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 3 June 2019 at 10:02.

Strawberry Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2019 after 12 days on 17 June 2019 at 08:31.

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 ∠1911"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1911" and ∠1891".

Lunation 240 / 1193

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 240 of Meeus index or 1193 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.38 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 3 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠296.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠296.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.4°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 26 May 2019 at 13:27 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 June 2019 at 23:21 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 375 032 km

The Moon is 375 032 km (233 034 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 508 km (228 980 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 22 May 2019 at 19:12 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 5 June 2019 at 22:46 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

13 days since the last southern standstill on 22 May 2019 at 06:41 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.313° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠22.361° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 June 2019 at 12:58 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 17 June 2019 at 08:31 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