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 2% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 1 day 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 ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 12 April 2059 at 09:28.

Pink Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2059 after 14 days on 27 April 2059 at 19:17.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1918"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1918" and ∠1913".

Lunation 733 / 1686

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 733 of Meeus index or 1686 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 47 minutes and it is 55 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 2 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 12 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠30°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠30° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠53.2°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 10 April 2059 at 13:47 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 April 2059 at 12:03 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 373 646 km

The Moon is 373 646 km (232 173 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 078 km (251 704 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 2 April 2059 at 02:16 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 April 2059 at 19:11 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 5 April 2059 at 06:01 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.541° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.607° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 April 2059 at 23:41 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 27 April 2059 at 19:17 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