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

Waxing Crescent in Capricorn

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 35% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 19 October 2066 at 01:42.

Beaver Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2066 after 8 days on 2 November 2066 at 02:13.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1930".

Lunation 826 / 1779

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 826 of Meeus index or 1779 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 23 minutes and it is 11 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 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 48 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠304.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠304.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠328.7°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 22 October 2066 at 18:37 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 November 2066 at 14:36 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 363 303 km

The Moon is 363 303 km (225 746 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 915 km (251 603 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 23 October 2066 at 16:14 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 November 2066 at 05:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 22 October 2066 at 18:58 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.054° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.974° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 November 2066 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 2 November 2066 at 02:13 in ♉ Taurus 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