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 21% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 22 March 2006 at 19:10.

Pink Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 19 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

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 ∠1962"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1924".

Lunation 76 / 1029

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 76 of Meeus index or 1029 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes and it is 15 minutes longer 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 3 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠2.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠2.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠19°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 13 March 2006 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 365 299 km

The Moon is 365 299 km (226 986 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 170 km (223 178 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 15 March 2006 at 19:52 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 22 March 2006 at 16:53 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.725° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.715° at the point of next northern standstill on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 29 March 2006 at 10:15 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