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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 10 February 2007 at 09:51.

Worm Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2007 after 18 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17.

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 ∠1848"

Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1848" and ∠1943".

Lunation 87 / 1040

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 87 of Meeus index or 1040 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 46 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠308.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠308.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠331.4°.

Moon before perigee

5 days since point of apogee on 7 February 2007 at 12:39 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 February 2007 at 09:34 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 387 904 km

The Moon is 387 904 km (241 032 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 440 km (224 588 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 4 February 2007 at 22:44 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 February 2007 at 20:43 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 07:33 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.568°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.600° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 25 February 2007 at 23:35.

Draconic month

21 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 4 days

In 4 days on 17 February 2007 at 16:14 in ♒ Aquarius 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