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 33% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 26 July 2016 at 23:00.

Sturgeon Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 20 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.

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 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1890".

Lunation 204 / 1157

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes and it is 2 hours and 35 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠48.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠48.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠77.9°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 364 328 km

The Moon is 364 328 km (226 383 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 266 km (251 199 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces 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 5 August 2016 at 07:48 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.569° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.529° at the point of next northern standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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 5 days

In 5 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45 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