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

Waxing Crescent in Gemini

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 25% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 2 April 2049 at 11:39.

Pink Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2049 after 10 days on 18 April 2049 at 01:04.

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 ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1916".

Lunation 609 / 1562

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 609 of Meeus index or 1562 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 32 minutes and it is 1 hour and 17 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 12 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 57 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠67°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠67° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠102.4°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 28 March 2049 at 13:03 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 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 April 2049 at 03:32 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 402 118 km

The Moon is 402 118 km (249 865 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 203 km (251 160 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 6 April 2049 at 22:31 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 April 2049 at 23:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 13:42 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠22.212°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-22.138° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 21 April 2049 at 13:59.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 18 April 2049 at 01:04 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