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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 31% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 13 March 2015 at 17:48.

Pink Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2015 after 20 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.

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 ∠1930"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1930" and ∠1929".

Lunation 187 / 1140

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes and it is 28 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 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠354.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠354.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠9.9°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 March 2015 at 19:38 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 371 475 km

The Moon is 371 475 km (230 824 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 584 km (222 192 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 March 2015 at 02:19 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.262° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.241° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

7 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 4 days

In 4 days on 20 March 2015 at 09:36 in ♓ Pisces 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