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

Waxing Crescent in Virgo

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 32% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 16 June 2072 at 09:57.

Strawberry Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2072 after 8 days on 30 June 2072 at 10:21.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1888".

Lunation 896 / 1849

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 896 of Meeus index or 1849 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 59 minutes and it is 34 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 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠313.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠313.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠333.8°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 19 June 2072 at 10:24 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 July 2072 at 05:53 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 363 434 km

The Moon is 363 434 km (225 827 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 994 km (251 652 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 16:43 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 5 July 2072 at 13:03 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 17 June 2072 at 00:01 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.692° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.704° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 June 2072 at 01:20 in ♑ Capricorn.

New draconic month

At 16:43 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 8 days

In 8 days on 30 June 2072 at 10:21 in ♑ Capricorn 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