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 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 20 March 2053 at 07:11.

Pink Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2053 after 8 days on 3 April 2053 at 06:22.

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 ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1923".

Lunation 658 / 1611

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 658 of Meeus index or 1611 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 37 minutes and it is 2 hours and 42 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 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 2 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠288°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠288° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠316.1°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 21:13 about 12 days since last apogee on 12 March 2053 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 9 April 2053 at 17:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 369 681 km

This perigee Moon is 369 681 km (229 709 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2053. It is 7 173 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 675 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 19 March 2053 at 23:33 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 1 April 2053 at 21:29 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 13 March 2053 at 04:30 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.150° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠18.163° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 March 2053 at 19:19 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 3 April 2053 at 06:22 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