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 21% 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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 19 November 2044 at 14:58.

Cold Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2044 after 10 days on 4 December 2044 at 23:34.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1944".

Lunation 555 / 1508

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 555 of Meeus index or 1508 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠126.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠126.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠156.9°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 06:42 about 16 days since last perigee on 8 November 2044 at 06:14 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next perigee on 6 December 2044 at 08:05 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 405 513 km

This apogee Moon is 405 513 km (251 974 mi) away from Earth. It is 105 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 196 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 13 November 2044 at 12:05 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 27 November 2044 at 20:02 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 21 November 2044 at 22:50 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.089° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.056° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 December 2044 at 19:56 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 4 December 2044 at 23:34 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