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

Waxing Crescent in Sagittarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 23 November 2022 at 22:57.

Cold Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2022 after 12 days on 8 December 2022 at 04:08.

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 ∠1959"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1944".

Lunation 283 / 1236

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes and it is 44 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠325.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠325.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠344.3°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 14 November 2022 at 06:41 in ♋ Cancer 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 26 November 2022 at 01:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 365 986 km

The Moon is 365 986 km (227 413 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 826 km (225 450 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 22 November 2022 at 16:23 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 5 December 2022 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 12 November 2022 at 14:17 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.497° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.471° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 November 2022 at 08:28 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 8 December 2022 at 04:08 in ♊ Gemini 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