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 7% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 3 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 ∠8° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 28 October 2019 at 03:38.

Beaver Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2019 after 13 days on 12 November 2019 at 13:34.

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 ∠1892"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1932".

Lunation 245 / 1198

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 245 of Meeus index or 1198 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 27 minutes and it is 2 hours and 41 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 17 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 52 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠28.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠28.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠50.7°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 26 October 2019 at 10:41 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 November 2019 at 08:37 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 378 789 km

The Moon is 378 789 km (235 369 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 060 km (251 693 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 20 October 2019 at 07:28 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 1 November 2019 at 21:40 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 20 October 2019 at 08:07 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.947° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.047° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 November 2019 at 00:33 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

10 days 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 13 days

In 13 days on 12 November 2019 at 13:34 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