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

Waxing Crescent in Scorpio

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 11% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 5 October 2078 at 23:06.

Hunter Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2078 after 11 days on 21 October 2078 at 02:55.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1922".

Lunation 974 / 1927

The Moon is 3 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 974 of Meeus index or 1927 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes and it is 1 hour and 22 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠146.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠146.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠172.1°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 06:58 about 15 days since last perigee on 23 September 2078 at 13:38 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next perigee on 21 October 2078 at 20:52 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 406 013 km

This apogee Moon is 406 013 km (252 285 mi) away from Earth. It is 605 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 696 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 8 October 2078 at 06:08 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 October 2078 at 22:26 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 28 September 2078 at 11:14 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.518° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.596° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 October 2078 at 00:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 21 October 2078 at 02:55 in ♈ Aries 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