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

Waxing Crescent in Libra

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 6 October 2021 at 11:05.

Hunter Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2021 after 13 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57.

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 ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1920".

Lunation 269 / 1222

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 269 of Meeus index or 1222 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes and it is 19 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2021. 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 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠323.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠323.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠342.3°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 26 September 2021 at 21:44 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 8 October 2021 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 367 850 km

The Moon is 367 850 km (228 571 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 388 km (225 799 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 26 September 2021 at 07:33 in ♊ Gemini 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 9 October 2021 at 19:35 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 29 September 2021 at 08:26 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.109° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.204° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 October 2021 at 09:09 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57 in ♈ Aries 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