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

Waxing Crescent in Aries

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 35% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 is entering ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 4 January 2049 at 02:24.

Wolf Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2049 after 9 days on 19 January 2049 at 02:29.

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 ∠1881"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1881" and ∠1951".

Lunation 606 / 1559

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 606 of Meeus index or 1559 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 51 minutes and it is 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2049. 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 1 hour and 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠3.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠3.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 3 January 2049 at 21:03 in ♑ Capricorn 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 17 January 2049 at 00:48 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 380 990 km

The Moon is 380 990 km (236 736 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 228 km (252 418 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 2 January 2049 at 09:51 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 January 2049 at 14:48 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 2 January 2049 at 09:17 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.914° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.889° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 January 2049 at 14:32 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 19 January 2049 at 02:29 in ♋ Cancer 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