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

Waxing Crescent in Pisces

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 9% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 3 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 9 February 2024 at 22:59.

Snow Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 12 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1944".

Lunation 298 / 1251

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 298 of Meeus index or 1251 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 1 minute and it is 41 minutes longer 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠345.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠345.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 10 February 2024 at 18:49 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 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 February 2024 at 15:00 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 363 814 km

The Moon is 363 814 km (226 064 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 316 km (252 473 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 February 2024 at 17:01 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 6 February 2024 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.304° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.376° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 February 2024 at 08:47 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30 in ♍ Virgo 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