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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 16% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 7 August 2015 at 02:03.

Sturgeon Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2015 after 19 days on 29 August 2015 at 18:35.

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 ∠1866"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1866" and ∠1893".

Lunation 192 / 1145

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 192 of Meeus index or 1145 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 29 minutes and it is 2 hours and 19 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠112.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠112.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.1°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 2 August 2015 at 10:11 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 August 2015 at 02:33 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 384 090 km

The Moon is 384 090 km (238 662 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 852 km (252 185 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 4 August 2015 at 02:53 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 August 2015 at 23:05 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 11:11 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.288°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.206° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 25 August 2015 at 03:44.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 14 August 2015 at 14:54 in ♌ Leo 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