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 15% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 28 June 2005 at 18:23.

Buck Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2005 after 18 days on 21 July 2005 at 11:00.

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 ∠1837"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1837" and ∠1887".

Lunation 67 / 1020

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 67 of Meeus index or 1020 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 7 minutes and it is 55 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠131.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠131.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠158.8°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 23 June 2005 at 11:49 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 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 July 2005 at 17:39 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 390 277 km

The Moon is 390 277 km (242 507 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 363 km (252 502 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 29 June 2005 at 16:29 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 14 July 2005 at 06:35 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 22 June 2005 at 07:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.214° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.208° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 July 2005 at 13:08 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 6 July 2005 at 12:03 in ♋ Cancer 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