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

Waning Crescent in Pisces

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 36% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 10 May 2007 at 04:27.

Strawberry Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2007 after 20 days on 1 June 2007 at 01:04.

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 ∠1943"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1943" and ∠1900".

Lunation 90 / 1043

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 90 of Meeus index or 1043 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 51 minutes and it is 5 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 4 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠19.8°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 30 April 2007 at 10:57 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 May 2007 at 15:10 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 368 983 km

The Moon is 368 983 km (229 275 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 393 km (223 316 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 23:08 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 24 May 2007 at 17:16 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 6 May 2007 at 04:22 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.341° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.287° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 May 2007 at 23:04 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 23:08 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 16 May 2007 at 19:27 in ♉ Taurus 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