Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 January 2024 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2024 | January 2024

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 43% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 11 January 2024 at 11:57.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1953"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2024 after 8 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 297 / 1250

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the 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 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠328°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.9°.

Moon after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 366 959 km

The Moon is 366 959 km (228 018 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 781 km (252 141 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 14:05 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.

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New draconic month

At 14:05 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.

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Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 10 January 2024 at 07:04 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.164°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.203° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54 in ♋ Cancer 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.

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