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

Waxing Crescent in Aquarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 4% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 21 January 2023 at 20:53.

Snow Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2023 after 13 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1949".

Lunation 285 / 1238

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes and it is 4 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠360°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠360° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.6°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 21 January 2023 at 20:58 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 364 928 km

The Moon is 364 928 km (226 756 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 476 km (252 572 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 16 January 2023 at 06:32 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 28 January 2023 at 16:05 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 20 January 2023 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.461° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.511° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 February 2023 at 08:18 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

21 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 13 days

In 13 days on 5 February 2023 at 18:29 in ♌ Leo 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