Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 30% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 31 December 2007 at 07:51.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2008 after 20 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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.
The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 98 of Meeus index or 1051 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠209.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠242.4°.
11 days after point of perigee on 22 December 2007 at 10:11 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 3 January 2008 at 08:06 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 404 870 km (251 575 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 328 km (251 859 mi).
5 days after descending node on 28 December 2007 at 02:57 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 11 January 2008 at 15:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 23 December 2007 at 14:26 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.918°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.939° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 January 2008 at 15:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 5 days on 8 January 2008 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn 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.