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 6% 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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 13 January 2015 at 09:47.

Snow Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2015 after 16 days on 3 February 2015 at 23:09.

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 ∠1914"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1950".

Lunation 185 / 1138

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 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 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠318°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠318° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠338.3°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo 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 21 January 2015 at 20:06 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 374 576 km

The Moon is 374 576 km (232 751 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 643 km (223 472 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra 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 25 January 2015 at 10:23 in ♈ Aries.

Moon at southern standstill

At 06:17 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.577°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2015. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.513° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 31 January 2015 at 00:59.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 20 January 2015 at 13:14 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