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 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 10 December 2091 at 13:54.

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2091 after 14 days on 25 December 2091 at 21:59.

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 ∠1940"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1949".

Lunation 1137 / 2090

The Moon is 1 day young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1137 of Meeus index or 2090 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 43 minutes and it is 1 hour and 43 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 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠20.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠20.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠40.9°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 9 December 2091 at 08:19 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 December 2091 at 10:59 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 369 530 km

The Moon is 369 530 km (229 615 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 544 km (251 993 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 2 December 2091 at 18:52 in ♌ Leo 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 15 December 2091 at 07:03 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon at southern standstill

At 21:10 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-19.452°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2091. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠19.486° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 26 December 2091 at 05:43.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 25 December 2091 at 21:59 in ♊ Gemini 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