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 9% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 3 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 leaving the last ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 14 August 2072 at 01:21.

Sturgeon Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2072 after 12 days on 28 August 2072 at 15:59.

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 ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1895".

Lunation 898 / 1851

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 898 of Meeus index or 1851 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.32 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 46 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 minutes shorter 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 4 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠350.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠350.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠5.6°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 14 August 2072 at 14:59 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 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 August 2072 at 00:37 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 364 464 km

The Moon is 364 464 km (226 467 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 270 km (252 444 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 15 August 2072 at 05:10 in ♍ Virgo 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 28 August 2072 at 23:05 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 10 August 2072 at 21:36 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.592° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.564° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 August 2072 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 28 August 2072 at 15:59 in ♓ Pisces 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