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 18% 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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 6 March 2002 at 01:25.

Worm Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2002 after 19 days on 28 March 2002 at 18:25.

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 ∠1809"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1809" and ∠1932".

Lunation 26 / 979

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 26 of Meeus index or 979 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.77 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes and it is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2002. 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 5 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠155.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠155.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠180.3°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 27 February 2002 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 March 2002 at 01:09 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 396 243 km

The Moon is 396 243 km (246 214 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 705 km (252 715 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 21 March 2002 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 8 March 2002 at 01:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.510° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.668° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 March 2002 at 19:53 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 14 March 2002 at 02:03 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