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

Waning Crescent in Aries

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 8% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 4 May 2002 at 07:16.

Flower Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2002 after 16 days on 26 May 2002 at 11:51.

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 ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1900".

Lunation 28 / 981

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 28 of Meeus index or 981 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 24 minutes and it is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠204.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠204.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠233.6°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 7 May 2002 at 19:15 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 527 km

The Moon is 404 527 km (251 361 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 985 km (226 791 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 30 April 2002 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 1 May 2002 at 16:55 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.975° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.039° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

22 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 2 days

In 2 days on 12 May 2002 at 10:45 in ♉ Taurus 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