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

Waning Crescent in Pisces

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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 15 March 2012 at 01:25.

Pink Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2012 after 16 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.

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 ∠1807"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1807" and ∠1926".

Lunation 150 / 1103

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 150 of Meeus index or 1103 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 3 minutes and it is 38 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 44 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠107.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠107.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠142.2°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 10 March 2012 at 10:02 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 March 2012 at 06:04 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 396 731 km

The Moon is 396 731 km (246 517 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 780 km (252 140 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 13 March 2012 at 20:41 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 March 2012 at 00:19 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 14 March 2012 at 14:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.032° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.890° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 March 2012 at 23:40 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 22 March 2012 at 14:37 in ♓ Pisces 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