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

Waxing Crescent in Virgo

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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 28 July 2022 at 17:55.

Sturgeon Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2022 after 11 days on 12 August 2022 at 01:36.

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 ∠1814"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1890".

Lunation 279 / 1232

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 279 of Meeus index or 1232 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes and it is 45 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠202°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠202° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠230.2°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 26 July 2022 at 10:22 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 August 2022 at 17:14 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 395 239 km

The Moon is 395 239 km (245 590 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 830 km (223 588 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 22 July 2022 at 09:21 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 August 2022 at 20:30 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 26 July 2022 at 09:19 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.941° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.024° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 August 2022 at 06:36 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

9 days 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 12 August 2022 at 01:36 in ♒ Aquarius 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