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 27% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 30 December 2062 at 16:57.

Wolf Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2063 after 9 days on 14 January 2063 at 19:11.

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 ∠1792"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1951".

Lunation 779 / 1732

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 779 of Meeus index or 1732 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 26 minutes and it is 11 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2063. 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 42 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠154.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠154.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠179.8°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 2 January 2063 at 10:03 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 January 2063 at 06:21 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 400 052 km

The Moon is 400 052 km (248 581 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 937 km (221 790 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 05:33 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 18 January 2063 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 29 December 2062 at 18:12 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.306° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.364° at the point of next northern standstill on 13 January 2063 at 00:22 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 05:33 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 14 January 2063 at 19:11 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