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 7% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 30 April 2022 at 20:28.

Flower Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2022 after 12 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

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 ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1903".

Lunation 276 / 1229

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 276 of Meeus index or 1229 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes and it is 20 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 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠126°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠126° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.2°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 19 April 2022 at 15:16 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 5 May 2022 at 12:46 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 404 068 km

The Moon is 404 068 km (251 076 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 287 km (251 834 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 1 May 2022 at 19:53 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 21 April 2022 at 17:41 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.937° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.967° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 May 2022 at 15:55 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 12 days

In 12 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14 in ♏ Scorpio 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