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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 26% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 24 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 24 January 2014 at 05:19.

Snow Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2014 after 19 days on 14 February 2014 at 23:53.

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 ∠1936"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1949".

Lunation 173 / 1126

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 173 of Meeus index or 1126 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes and it is 3 minutes longer 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 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠353°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠353° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠8.3°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 16 January 2014 at 01:53 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2014 at 09:58 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 370 152 km

The Moon is 370 152 km (230 002 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 080 km (221 879 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 24 January 2014 at 02:55 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 February 2014 at 12:41 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

13 days since the last northern standstill on 13 January 2014 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.501° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-19.396° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 January 2014 at 16:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

2 days 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 4 days

In 4 days on 30 January 2014 at 21:39 in ♒ Aquarius 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