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

Waxing Crescent in Capricorn

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 17% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 4 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 4 November 2040 at 18:56.

Beaver Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2040 after 10 days on 18 November 2040 at 19:06.

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 ∠1959"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1937".

Lunation 505 / 1458

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 505 of Meeus index or 1458 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 37 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 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 7 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 2 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠297°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠297° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠323.5°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 27 October 2040 at 22:34 in ♋ Cancer 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 9 November 2040 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 365 968 km

The Moon is 365 968 km (227 402 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 784 km (229 152 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 5 November 2040 at 15:13 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 November 2040 at 14:37 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 17:47 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.814°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2040. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.813° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 22 November 2040 at 02:56.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 18 November 2040 at 19:06 in ♉ Taurus 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