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 37% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 5 August 2081 at 01:24.

Sturgeon Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2081 after 8 days on 19 August 2081 at 11:15.

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 ∠1937"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1937" and ∠1893".

Lunation 1009 / 1962

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1009 of Meeus index or 1962 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.32 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 38 minutes and it is 44 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2081. 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 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠341.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠341.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠357.1°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 6 August 2081 at 03:56 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 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 August 2081 at 05:57 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 369 978 km

The Moon is 369 978 km (229 894 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 148 km (252 369 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 7 August 2081 at 04:49 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 August 2081 at 00:00 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 1 August 2081 at 22:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.454° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.500° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 August 2081 at 14:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 19 August 2081 at 11:15 in ♒ Aquarius 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