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 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 4 August 2024 at 11:13.

Sturgeon Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2024 after 12 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26.

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 ∠1771"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1892".

Lunation 304 / 1257

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes and it is 2 hours and 11 minutes shorter 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠127.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠127.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.7°.

Moon before apogee

14 days since point of perigee on 24 July 2024 at 05:43 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 August 2024 at 01:32 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 683 km

The Moon is 404 683 km (251 458 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 298 km (251 841 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 26 July 2024 at 05:33 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 9 August 2024 at 01:06 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 1 August 2024 at 05:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.455° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.546° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26 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