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

Waxing Crescent in Sagittarius

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 14% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 1 November 2081 at 03:04.

Beaver Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2081 after 12 days on 16 November 2081 at 13:19.

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 ∠1864"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1864" and ∠1935".

Lunation 1012 / 1965

The Moon is 4 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1012 of Meeus index or 1965 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 32 minutes and it is 2 hours and 20 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠29.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠29.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠52.5°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 30 October 2081 at 07:55 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 November 2081 at 04:54 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 384 448 km

The Moon is 384 448 km (238 885 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 868 km (251 573 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 28 October 2081 at 09:25 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 10 November 2081 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 12:34 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.291°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.201° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 19 November 2081 at 01:19.

Draconic month

21 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 12 days

In 12 days on 16 November 2081 at 13:19 in ♉ Taurus 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