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 43% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 7 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after New Moon

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

Hunter Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2021 after 8 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57.

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 ∠1958"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1923".

Lunation 269 / 1222

The Moon is 7 days 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 after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 8 October 2021 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 October 2021 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 366 112 km

The Moon is 366 112 km (227 491 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 616 km (252 038 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 9 October 2021 at 19:35 in ♏ Scorpio 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 23 October 2021 at 11:47 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon at southern standstill

At 09:09 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.204°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.291° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 26 October 2021 at 16:04.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 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