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 4% 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 15 July 2072 at 17:56.

Buck Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2072 after 12 days on 30 July 2072 at 00:17.

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 ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1888".

Lunation 897 / 1850

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 897 of Meeus index or 1850 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 25 minutes and it is 21 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2072. 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 5 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠333.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠333.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠350.4°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 07:53 about 12 days since last apogee on 5 July 2072 at 05:53 in ♓ Pisces 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 1 August 2072 at 19:10 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 360 898 km

This perigee Moon is 360 898 km (224 252 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 610 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 458 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 5 July 2072 at 13:03 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 July 2072 at 20:41 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 14 July 2072 at 10:48 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.668° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.639° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 July 2072 at 08:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 30 July 2072 at 00:17 in ♒ Aquarius 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