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 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 5 December 2004 at 00:53.

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 16 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

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 ∠1941"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1941" and ∠1949".

Lunation 60 / 1013

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 60 of Meeus index or 1013 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes and it is 28 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 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠327.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠327.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.8°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 369 300 km

The Moon is 369 300 km (229 472 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 986 km (222 442 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.963° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.935° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

16 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 1 day

In 1 day on 12 December 2004 at 01:29 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