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

Waning Crescent in Aries

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 8% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 10 May 2007 at 04:27.

Strawberry Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2007 after 17 days on 1 June 2007 at 01:04.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1898".

Lunation 90 / 1043

The Moon is 26 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

14 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 May 2007 at 15:10 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 363 308 km

The Moon is 363 308 km (225 749 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 393 km (223 316 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 11 May 2007 at 23:08 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 24 May 2007 at 17:16 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

8 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 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.287° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 May 2007 at 23:04 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 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