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 ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 9 April 2062 at 17:17.

Pink Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2062 after 12 days on 23 April 2062 at 16:57.

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 ∠1933"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1933" and ∠1914".

Lunation 770 / 1723

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 770 of Meeus index or 1723 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 6 minutes and it is 2 hours and 17 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 2 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 31 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.7°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 1 April 2062 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 April 2062 at 17:32 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 370 903 km

The Moon is 370 903 km (230 468 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 906 km (228 606 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 8 April 2062 at 08:18 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 April 2062 at 04:56 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 31 March 2062 at 23:35 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.700° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.655° at the point of next northern standstill on 14 April 2062 at 15:56 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 23 April 2062 at 16:57 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