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

Waxing Crescent in Cancer

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 34% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 6 April 2027 at 23:51.

Pink Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2027 after 8 days on 20 April 2027 at 22:27.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1914".

Lunation 337 / 1290

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 337 of Meeus index or 1290 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 7 minutes and it is 2 hours and 25 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 37 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 32 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠278.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠278.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠308.6°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 31 March 2027 at 01:33 in ♑ Capricorn 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 14 April 2027 at 00:41 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 364 525 km

The Moon is 364 525 km (226 505 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 001 km (229 908 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 2 April 2027 at 10:17 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 April 2027 at 16:31 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 11 April 2027 at 19:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.412° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.312° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 April 2027 at 01:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 20 April 2027 at 22:27 in ♎ Libra 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