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 10% 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 ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 30 July 2030 at 11:11.

Sturgeon Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2030 after 10 days on 13 August 2030 at 10:44.

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 ∠1886"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1886" and ∠1891".

Lunation 378 / 1331

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 378 of Meeus index or 1331 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 56 minutes and it is 1 hour and 9 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 48 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 21 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠244.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠244.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠279.9°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 25 July 2030 at 04:55 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 9 August 2030 at 22:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 380 112 km

The Moon is 380 112 km (236 191 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 742 km (227 883 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 26 July 2030 at 05:01 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 August 2030 at 19:44 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 26 July 2030 at 10:14 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.659° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.572° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 August 2030 at 01:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 13 August 2030 at 10:44 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