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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 39% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 21 July 2003 at 07:01.

Sturgeon Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2003 after 20 days on 12 August 2003 at 04:48.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".

Lunation 43 / 996

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 43 of Meeus index or 996 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 40 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠234.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠234.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.5°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 19:37 about 11 days since last perigee on 10 July 2003 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 6 August 2003 at 14:06 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 404 330 km

This apogee Moon is 404 330 km (251 239 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 078 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 379 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 10 July 2003 at 04:17 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 23 July 2003 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 12 July 2003 at 22:53 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.465° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.493° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 July 2003 at 03:55 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 29 July 2003 at 06:53 in ♌ Leo 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