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 4% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ∠5° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 15 July 2009 at 09:53.

Sturgeon Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 16 days on 6 August 2009 at 00:55.

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 ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1888".

Lunation 117 / 1070

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 117 of Meeus index or 1070 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.29 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 1 minute and it is 27 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2009. 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 5 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠349.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠349.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.5°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 7 July 2009 at 21:39 in ♑ Capricorn 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 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 364 065 km

The Moon is 364 065 km (226 220 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 465 km (222 118 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 8 July 2009 at 15:24 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 22 July 2009 at 03:47 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 19 July 2009 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.477° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.478° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 August 2009 at 13:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 22 July 2009 at 02:35 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