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

Waxing Crescent in Libra

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 8% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 28 August 2030 at 23:07.

Harvest Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2030 after 11 days on 11 September 2030 at 21:18.

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 ∠1920"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1901".

Lunation 379 / 1332

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 379 of Meeus index or 1332 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 47 minutes and it is 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 57 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 12 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠279.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠279.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠310.2°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 21 August 2030 at 22:49 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 September 2030 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 373 263 km

The Moon is 373 263 km (231 935 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 884 km (229 835 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 22 August 2030 at 08:09 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 September 2030 at 20:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 22 August 2030 at 18:22 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.465° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.341° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2030 at 08:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

22 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 11 days

In 11 days on 11 September 2030 at 21:18 in ♓ Pisces 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