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

Waxing Crescent in Capricorn

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 28% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 5 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 16 October 2020 at 19:31.

Hunter Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 10 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.

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 ∠1917"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1917" and ∠1928".

Lunation 257 / 1210

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 257 of Meeus index or 1210 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 36 minutes and it is 1 hour and 33 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 3 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠357°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠357° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 16 October 2020 at 23:46 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 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 October 2020 at 18:46 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 373 847 km

The Moon is 373 847 km (232 298 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 393 km (252 521 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 November 2020 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 9 October 2020 at 13:07 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.613° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-24.708° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 October 2020 at 02:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49 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