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

Waning Crescent in Scorpio

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 25 November 2013 at 19:28.

Cold Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2013 after 15 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

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 ∠1922"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1922" and ∠1946".

Lunation 171 / 1124

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 171 of Meeus index or 1124 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 32 minutes and it is 40 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠315°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠315° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠336.4°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 December 2013 at 10:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 373 003 km

The Moon is 373 003 km (231 773 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 065 km (223 734 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 19 November 2013 at 17:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.534° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.552° at the point of next southern standstill on 3 December 2013 at 16:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 3 December 2013 at 00:22 in ♐ Sagittarius 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