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 6% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 3 June 2038 at 00:24.

Strawberry Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2038 after 11 days on 17 June 2038 at 02:30.

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 ∠1845"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1845" and ∠1891".

Lunation 475 / 1428

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 475 of Meeus index or 1428 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.55 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes and it is 2 hours 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠226°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠226° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠259.5°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 29 May 2038 at 20:16 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 June 2038 at 15:26 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 388 423 km

The Moon is 388 423 km (241 355 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 752 km (226 025 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 06:06 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 18 June 2038 at 02:42 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at northern standstill

At 09:24 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠23.031°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-23.039° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 18 June 2038 at 05:58.

New draconic month

At 06:06 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 17 June 2038 at 02:30 in ♐ Sagittarius 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