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 1% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 1 day 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 12 December 2042 at 14:29.

Cold Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2042 after 13 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1820"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1820" and ∠1949".

Lunation 531 / 1484

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 531 of Meeus index or 1484 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 24 minutes and it is 2 hours and 10 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠232°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠232° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠269.3°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 8 December 2042 at 00:37 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2042 at 02:12 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 393 833 km

The Moon is 393 833 km (244 716 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 795 km (226 673 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 7 December 2042 at 05:37 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2042 at 04:46 in ♈ Aries.

Moon at southern standstill

At 13:29 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.294°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.289° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 December 2042 at 13:20.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43 in ♊ Gemini 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