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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 32% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 10 September 2001 at 19:00.

Hunter Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2001 after 20 days on 2 October 2001 at 13:49.

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 ∠1936"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1907".

Lunation 20 / 973

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 20 of Meeus index or 973 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 32 minutes and it is 1 hour and 24 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 57 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠358.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠358.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠13.2°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 1 September 2001 at 23:26 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 September 2001 at 15:50 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 370 169 km

The Moon is 370 169 km (230 012 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 128 km (222 530 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 11 September 2001 at 21:36 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 24 September 2001 at 10:28 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at northern standstill

At 12:19 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠23.677°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-23.780° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 25 September 2001 at 05:14.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 17 September 2001 at 10:27 in ♍ Virgo 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