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

Waxing Crescent in Aquarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 18% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 26 December 2019 at 05:13.

Wolf Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2020 after 11 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.

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 ∠1780"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1951".

Lunation 247 / 1200

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes and it is 1 hour and 21 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 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠82.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠82.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠120.5°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 January 2020 at 01:30 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 402 567 km

The Moon is 402 567 km (250 144 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 580 km (251 394 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 26 December 2019 at 13:01 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 January 2020 at 23:29 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 26 December 2019 at 20:11 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.227° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.223° at the point of next northern standstill on 10 January 2020 at 06:03 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

16 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 11 days

In 11 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21 in ♋ Cancer 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