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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 7% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 15 February 2001 at 03:24.

Worm Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2001 after 17 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 ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1940".

Lunation 13 / 966

The Moon is 27 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 at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 21:38 about 12 days since last perigee on 7 February 2001 at 22:19 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 8 March 2001 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 406 332 km

This apogee Moon is 406 332 km (252 483 mi) away from Earth. It is 924 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 377 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 19 February 2001 at 02:52 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 5 March 2001 at 07:23 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 18 February 2001 at 21:27 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.648° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.756° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 March 2001 at 04:32 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 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