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

Waxing Crescent in Pisces

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 42% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

7 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 7 days on 10 December 2053 at 03:40.

Cold Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2053 after 7 days on 25 December 2053 at 09:23.

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 ∠1800"

Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1950".

Lunation 667 / 1620

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 667 of Meeus index or 1620 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 53 minutes and it is 47 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2053. 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 6 hours and 9 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 54 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠141.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠141.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠168.6°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 13 December 2053 at 21:20 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 December 2053 at 06:40 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 398 155 km

The Moon is 398 155 km (247 402 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 032 km (222 471 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♓ Pisces at 00:48 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 29 December 2053 at 18:29 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 11 December 2053 at 12:05 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.771° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.770° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 December 2053 at 11:21 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

14 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 7 days

In 7 days on 25 December 2053 at 09:23 in ♋ Cancer 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