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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 20% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 days old.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 15 February 2001 at 03:24.

Worm Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2001 after 19 days on 9 March 2001 at 17:23.

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 ∠1783"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1941".

Lunation 13 / 966

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 13 of Meeus index or 966 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.8 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes and it is 2 hours and 14 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2001. 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 7 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 33 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠177.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠177.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠202.8°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 7 February 2001 at 22:19 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 February 2001 at 21:38 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 402 030 km

The Moon is 402 030 km (249 810 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 332 km (252 483 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 6 February 2001 at 00:48 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 19 February 2001 at 02:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at southern standstill

At 21:27 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-22.648°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠22.756° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 5 March 2001 at 04:32.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 23 February 2001 at 08:21 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth 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