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

Waxing Crescent in Leo

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 24% 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 28 May 2063 at 01:47.

Strawberry Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2063 after 9 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1892".

Lunation 784 / 1737

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 784 of Meeus index or 1737 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 39 minutes and it is 1 hour and 9 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 4 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 4 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.5°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 01:18 about 12 days since last apogee on 19 May 2063 at 21:24 in ♒ Aquarius 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 16 June 2063 at 15:34 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 367 758 km

This perigee Moon is 367 758 km (228 514 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 250 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 598 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 21 May 2063 at 05:36 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 3 June 2063 at 11:31 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 29 May 2063 at 11:44 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.118° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.086° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 June 2063 at 12:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43 in ♐ Sagittarius 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