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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 33% 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 is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 2 April 2005 at 00:50.

Pink Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2005 after 20 days on 24 April 2005 at 10:06.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1919".

Lunation 64 / 1017

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 64 of Meeus index or 1017 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes and it is 51 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 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠36.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠36.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠62.3°.

Moon before perigee

14 days since point of apogee on 19 March 2005 at 22:54 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 April 2005 at 11:10 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 363 402 km

The Moon is 363 402 km (225 808 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 492 km (228 970 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 27 March 2005 at 05:15 in ♎ Libra 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 9 April 2005 at 02:59 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 1 April 2005 at 10:19 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.372° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.381° at the point of next northern standstill on 14 April 2005 at 16:38 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 8 April 2005 at 20:32 in ♈ Aries 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