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

Waxing Crescent in Taurus

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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 1 April 2041 at 01:29.

Pink Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2041 after 13 days on 16 April 2041 at 12:00.

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 ∠1882"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1882" and ∠1918".

Lunation 510 / 1463

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 510 of Meeus index or 1463 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 17 minutes and it is 53 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠32.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠32.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠56.2°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 30 March 2041 at 02:37 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 April 2041 at 23:41 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 380 798 km

The Moon is 380 798 km (236 617 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 998 km (251 654 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 10:39 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 17 April 2041 at 22:27 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 25 March 2041 at 14:14 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.252° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.319° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 April 2041 at 10:33 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 10:39 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 13 days

In 13 days on 16 April 2041 at 12:00 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