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 4% 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 in ♉ Taurus

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

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 29 May 2016 at 12:12.

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 16 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.

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 ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1891".

Lunation 202 / 1155

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes and it is 31 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. 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 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠10.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠10.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.6°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 10:55 about 15 days since last apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next apogee on 15 June 2016 at 12:00 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 361 142 km

This perigee Moon is 361 142 km (224 403 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 366 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 214 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.539° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.575° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

18 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 1 day

In 1 day on 5 June 2016 at 03:00 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