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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 33% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 23 August 2008 at 23:50.

Harvest Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2008 after 20 days on 15 September 2008 at 09:13.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1899".

Lunation 106 / 1059

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 106 of Meeus index or 1059 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes and it is 2 hours and 29 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 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠39.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠39.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠64.9°.

Moon before perigee

14 days since point of apogee on 10 August 2008 at 20:18 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 26 August 2008 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 363 472 km

The Moon is 363 472 km (225 851 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 693 km (229 095 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 16 August 2008 at 10:27 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 29 August 2008 at 10:30 in ♌ Leo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 13:03 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.596°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.550° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 8 September 2008 at 06:13.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 30 August 2008 at 19:58 in ♍ Virgo 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