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

Waxing Crescent in Gemini

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 17% 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 is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 1 April 2022 at 06:24.

Pink Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2022 after 11 days on 16 April 2022 at 18:55.

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 ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1918".

Lunation 275 / 1228

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 275 of Meeus index or 1228 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes and it is 58 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 1 hour and 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠89.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠89.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠126°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 23 March 2022 at 23:28 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 7 April 2022 at 19:11 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 403 253 km

The Moon is 403 253 km (250 570 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 438 km (251 306 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 4 April 2022 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 18 April 2022 at 14:01 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 25 March 2022 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.787° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.880° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 April 2022 at 08:15 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 16 April 2022 at 18:55 in ♎ Libra 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