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 15% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 4 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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 26 April 2074 at 06:47.

Flower Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2074 after 10 days on 11 May 2074 at 02:17.

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 ∠1789"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1904".

Lunation 919 / 1872

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 919 of Meeus index or 1872 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 57 minutes and it is 1 hour and 3 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 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠170.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠170.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠193.2°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 27 April 2074 at 09:29 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 11 May 2074 at 01:01 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 400 668 km

The Moon is 400 668 km (248 964 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 815 km (221 715 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 19 April 2074 at 03:12 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 3 May 2074 at 18:36 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

13 days since the last southern standstill on 17 April 2074 at 01:07 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.642° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠20.782° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 May 2074 at 15:56 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 11 May 2074 at 02:17 in ♏ Scorpio 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