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 6% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 2 May 2049 at 00:11.

Flower Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2049 after 12 days on 17 May 2049 at 11:13.

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 ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1902".

Lunation 610 / 1563

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 610 of Meeus index or 1563 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 49 minutes and it is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 1 hour and 5 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠102.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠102.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠136.3°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 22 April 2049 at 11:15 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 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 May 2049 at 22:34 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 400 495 km

The Moon is 400 495 km (248 856 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 657 km (251 442 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 04:33 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 18 May 2049 at 07:42 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 21:27 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠22.094°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-22.086° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 18 May 2049 at 21:47.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 17 May 2049 at 11:13 in ♏ Scorpio 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