Waxing Crescent


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Day of Lunar Cycle


Synodic Position

Between conjunction and eastern quadrature

Angle of Sun-Earth-Moon

The Moon is falling between 0° and 90° behind (eastward) of the Sun

Illuminated side

Turned mostly away from Earth

Near side

Mostly dark

Overlap between near side and illuminated side


Proportion of whole Moon that is both illuminated and near


Which part of the near side is illuminated?

Westward or Right side (facing south)

Where visible at sunset?

Behind the sun in the west, visible ever longer and found ever higher each day.

Where visible at midnight?

Not visible.

Where visible at sunrise?

Not visible. Rises in the east soon after sunrise, ever earlier each day.

Where visible at noon?

Low in the east.

Meridian Transit


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