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 31% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 5 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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 4 March 2049 at 00:11.

Worm Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2049 after 10 days on 19 March 2049 at 12:23.

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 ∠1802"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1802" and ∠1932".

Lunation 608 / 1561

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 608 of Meeus index or 1561 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 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 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠39.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠39.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠67°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 1 March 2049 at 12:45 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 13 March 2049 at 07:24 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 397 867 km

The Moon is 397 867 km (247 223 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 598 km (251 406 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 25 February 2049 at 20:27 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 March 2049 at 19:09 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 26 February 2049 at 03:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.575° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠22.452° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 March 2049 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

11 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 10 days

In 10 days on 19 March 2049 at 12:23 in ♍ Virgo 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