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 3% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 25 April 2093 at 16:12.

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2093 after 13 days on 11 May 2093 at 02:17.

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 ∠1794"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1906".

Lunation 1154 / 2107

The Moon is 2 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1154 of Meeus index or 2107 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠109.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠109.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠142°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 15 April 2093 at 13:30 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 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 May 2093 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 399 551 km

The Moon is 399 551 km (248 269 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 751 km (251 501 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 18 April 2093 at 13:39 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 2 May 2093 at 12:02 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 17 April 2093 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.301° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.429° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 May 2093 at 00:13 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 11 May 2093 at 02:17 in ♏ Scorpio 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