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

Waxing Crescent in Gemini

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 6% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 10 May 2070 at 11:08.

Flower Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2070 after 12 days on 25 May 2070 at 01:37.

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 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1899".

Lunation 870 / 1823

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 870 of Meeus index or 1823 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 16 minutes and it is 26 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠350.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠350.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠5.3°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 11 May 2070 at 01:00 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 May 2070 at 10:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 363 857 km

The Moon is 363 857 km (226 090 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 329 km (252 481 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 8 May 2070 at 19:39 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 May 2070 at 18:54 in ♎ Libra.

Moon at northern standstill

At 15:52 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.793°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.834° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 26 May 2070 at 17:02.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 25 May 2070 at 01:37 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