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 38% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 6 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 passing about ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 16 September 2096 at 15:10.

Hunter Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2096 after 8 days on 2 October 2096 at 01:24.

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 ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1913".

Lunation 1196 / 2149

The Moon is 6 days young and navigating from the beginning to the first part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1196 of Meeus index or 2149 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes and it is 2 hours and 49 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 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠110.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠110.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠143.3°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 22 September 2096 at 03:15 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 October 2096 at 00:44 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 404 280 km

The Moon is 404 280 km (251 208 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 187 km (225 053 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 21 September 2096 at 09:31 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 October 2096 at 22:17 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 10 September 2096 at 21:55 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.671° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.795° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 September 2096 at 05:26 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 2 October 2096 at 01:24 in ♈ Aries 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