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

Waning Crescent in Libra

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 32% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 14 December 2014 at 12:51.

Wolf Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 19 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.

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 ∠1797"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1797" and ∠1950".

Lunation 184 / 1137

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 184 of Meeus index or 1137 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes and it is 1 hour and 26 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠289.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠289.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠318°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 12 December 2014 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 398 859 km

The Moon is 398 859 km (247 839 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 791 km (226 671 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 13:27 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.660° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.665° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

New draconic month

At 13:27 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 22 December 2014 at 01:36 in ♑ Capricorn 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