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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 2% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 21 May 2014 at 12:59.

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2014 after 16 days on 13 June 2014 at 04:11.

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 ∠1849"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1893".

Lunation 177 / 1130

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 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 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠76.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠76.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.5°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 3 June 2014 at 04:25 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 387 618 km

The Moon is 387 618 km (240 855 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 956 km (251 628 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 25 May 2014 at 17:56 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 June 2014 at 05:36 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.992° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.023° at the point of next northern standstill on 30 May 2014 at 00:38 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 28 May 2014 at 18:40 in ♊ Gemini 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