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

Waning Crescent in Pisces

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 17% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 1 May 2005 at 06:24.

Flower Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2005 after 19 days on 23 May 2005 at 20:18.

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 ∠1928"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1928" and ∠1903".

Lunation 65 / 1018

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 65 of Meeus index or 1018 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes and it is 57 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 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠62.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠62.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠96.6°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 29 April 2005 at 09:59 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 May 2005 at 13:41 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 371 698 km

The Moon is 371 698 km (230 962 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 601 km (251 407 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 23 April 2005 at 13:30 in ♎ Libra 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 6 May 2005 at 10:56 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 28 April 2005 at 15:55 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.359° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.317° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 May 2005 at 00:42 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 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 3 days

In 3 days on 8 May 2005 at 08:45 in ♉ Taurus 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