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

Waning Crescent in Libra

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 7% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 25 October 2005 at 01:17.

Beaver Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2005 after 16 days on 16 November 2005 at 00:58.

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 ∠1800"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1933".

Lunation 71 / 1024

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 71 of Meeus index or 1024 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 57 minutes and it is 1 hour and 21 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠236.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠236.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠273.1°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 26 October 2005 at 09:34 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 November 2005 at 00:15 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 398 118 km

The Moon is 398 118 km (247 379 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 014 km (229 916 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 16 October 2005 at 18:25 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 31 October 2005 at 00:32 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 22 October 2005 at 15:02 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.583° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.529° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 November 2005 at 22:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 2 November 2005 at 01:25 in ♏ Scorpio 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