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

Waning Crescent in Virgo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 4% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 18 September 2003 at 19:03.

Hunter Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2003 after 15 days on 10 October 2003 at 07:27.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1897"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1897" and ∠1913".

Lunation 45 / 998

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 45 of Meeus index or 998 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 43 minutes and it is 2 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 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.5°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 16 September 2003 at 09:22 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2003 at 05:59 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 377 899 km

The Moon is 377 899 km (234 816 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 837 km (225 456 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 15 September 2003 at 23:28 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 29 September 2003 at 10:34 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 19 September 2003 at 19:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.874° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.963° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 October 2003 at 17:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 26 September 2003 at 03:09 in ♎ Libra 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