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

Waxing Crescent in Capricorn

Waxing Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 5% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 2 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 13 December 2088 at 00:52.

Cold Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2088 after 12 days on 28 December 2088 at 00:57.

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 ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1950".

Lunation 1100 / 2053

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1100 of Meeus index or 2053 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 26 minutes and it is 28 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2088. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 42 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠160.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠160.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠185.7°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 03:25 about 15 days since last perigee on 29 November 2088 at 18:53 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next perigee on 28 December 2088 at 06:32 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 406 541 km

This apogee Moon is 406 541 km (252 613 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2088. It is 1 133 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 168 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

7 days after ascending node on 8 December 2088 at 11:52 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 23 December 2088 at 02:43 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 13 December 2088 at 04:28 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.960° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.933° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 December 2088 at 04:20 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 28 December 2088 at 00:57 in ♋ Cancer 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