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 2% 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 is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 3 April 2087 at 09:26.

Pink Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2087 after 13 days on 17 April 2087 at 23:17.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1918".

Lunation 1079 / 2032

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1079 of Meeus index or 2032 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.35 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 25 minutes and it is 37 minutes longer 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 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠347.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠347.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠3.2°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 02:28 about 12 days since last apogee on 22 March 2087 at 11:38 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 14 days until point of next apogee on 18 April 2087 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 357 973 km

This perigee Moon is 357 973 km (222 434 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 535 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 383 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 24 March 2087 at 01:56 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 April 2087 at 03:50 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 25 March 2087 at 23:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.961° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.888° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 April 2087 at 18:11 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 17 April 2087 at 23:17 in ♎ Libra 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