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 4% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 30 March 2052 at 18:27.

Pink Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2052 after 12 days on 14 April 2052 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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1919".

Lunation 646 / 1599

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 646 of Meeus index or 1599 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 54 minutes and it is 1 hour and 25 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠335.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠335.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠352.1°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 05:25 about 12 days since last apogee on 20 March 2052 at 04:36 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next apogee on 16 April 2052 at 17:03 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 360 446 km

This perigee Moon is 360 446 km (223 971 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 062 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 910 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 31 March 2052 at 00:11 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 April 2052 at 05:26 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 22 March 2052 at 23:15 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.333° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.325° at the point of next northern standstill on 4 April 2052 at 21:04 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 14 April 2052 at 02:29 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