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

Waxing Crescent in Cancer

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 1 day 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 6 July 2081 at 17:44.

Buck Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2081 after 13 days on 20 July 2081 at 20:22.

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 ∠1944"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1887".

Lunation 1008 / 1961

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1008 of Meeus index or 1961 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.32 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 40 minutes and it is 2 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 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠322.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠322.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠341.4°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 27 June 2081 at 03:39 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 9 July 2081 at 01:02 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 368 644 km

The Moon is 368 644 km (229 065 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 443 km (225 833 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 27 June 2081 at 15:47 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 July 2081 at 22:38 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 5 July 2081 at 12:53 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.356° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.389° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 July 2081 at 08:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 20 July 2081 at 20:22 in ♑ Capricorn 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