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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 7 July 2007 at 16:54.

Buck Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2007 after 16 days on 30 July 2007 at 00:48.

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 ∠1909"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1909" and ∠1888".

Lunation 92 / 1045

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 92 of Meeus index or 1045 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 51 minutes and it is 2 hours and 8 minutes shorter 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 and 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠38.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠38.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠64.2°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 9 July 2007 at 21:38 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 July 2007 at 08:43 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 375 549 km

The Moon is 375 549 km (233 355 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 152 km (251 128 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 5 July 2007 at 01:39 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 18 July 2007 at 00:18 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 12 July 2007 at 16:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.251° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.300° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 July 2007 at 23:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

8 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 1 day

In 1 day on 14 July 2007 at 12:04 in ♋ Cancer 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