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

Waning Crescent in Scorpio

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 5% 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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 27 November 2002 at 15:46.

Cold Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2002 after 17 days on 19 December 2002 at 19:10.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1946".

Lunation 35 / 988

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 35 of Meeus index or 988 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 48 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 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠14°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠14° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32.1°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 08:53 about 15 days since last apogee on 16 November 2002 at 11:30 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next apogee on 14 December 2002 at 03:57 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 362 294 km

This perigee Moon is 362 294 km (225 119 mi) away from Earth. It is 214 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 062 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 20 November 2002 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini 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 4 December 2002 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 23 November 2002 at 12:14 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.812° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.808° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 December 2002 at 07:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

11 days 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 1 day

In 1 day on 4 December 2002 at 07:34 in ♐ Sagittarius 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