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 9% 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 ∠24° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 6 April 2046 at 11:52.

Pink Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2046 after 11 days on 20 April 2046 at 18:21.

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 ∠1830"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1915".

Lunation 572 / 1525

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 572 of Meeus index or 1525 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 4 minutes and it is 2 hours and 38 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 2 hours and 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠209.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠209.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠239.2°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 3 April 2046 at 12:45 in ♓ Pisces 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 19 April 2046 at 02:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 391 768 km

The Moon is 391 768 km (243 433 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 864 km (224 230 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 1 April 2046 at 00:32 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 April 2046 at 07:10 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 28 March 2046 at 00:39 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.076° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.939° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 April 2046 at 17:57 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 20 April 2046 at 18:21 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