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

Waxing Crescent in Sagittarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 24 November 2068 at 21:42.

Cold Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2068 after 12 days on 8 December 2068 at 23:42.

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 ∠1846"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1846" and ∠1945".

Lunation 852 / 1805

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 852 of Meeus index or 1805 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes and it is 2 hours and 10 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠241.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠241.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠279.4°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 19 November 2068 at 19:10 in ♍ Virgo 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 5 December 2068 at 19:40 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 388 240 km

The Moon is 388 240 km (241 241 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 315 km (227 618 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 24 November 2068 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 December 2068 at 05:58 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 02:57 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.658°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2068. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.669° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 9 December 2068 at 01:53.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 8 December 2068 at 23:42 in ♊ Gemini 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