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

Waxing Crescent in Taurus

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 28% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 5 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 3 March 2079 at 13:49.

Worm Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2079 after 9 days on 17 March 2079 at 13:45.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1933".

Lunation 979 / 1932

The Moon is 5 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 979 of Meeus index or 1932 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes and it is 2 hours and 14 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 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠296.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠296.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠322.3°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 01:47 about 12 days since last apogee on 23 February 2079 at 18:10 in ♏ Scorpio 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 23 March 2079 at 14:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 368 876 km

This perigee Moon is 368 876 km (229 209 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 368 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 480 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 7 March 2079 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 March 2079 at 07:24 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 26 February 2079 at 08:11 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.818° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.915° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 March 2079 at 13:15 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 17 March 2079 at 13:45 in ♍ Virgo 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