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 1% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 leaving the last ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

7 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 7 days on 25 September 2005 at 06:41.

Hunter Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2005 after 15 days on 17 October 2005 at 12:14.

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 ∠1794"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1918".

Lunation 70 / 1023

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 70 of Meeus index or 1023 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.65 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 42 minutes and it is 45 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2005. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠205.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠205.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠236.1°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 28 September 2005 at 15:20 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 October 2005 at 13:50 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 399 643 km

The Moon is 399 643 km (248 327 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 450 km (227 080 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 19 September 2005 at 08:09 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 3 October 2005 at 16:51 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 25 September 2005 at 06:42 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.594° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.604° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 October 2005 at 16:42 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

13 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 1 day

In 1 day on 3 October 2005 at 10:28 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