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

Waning Crescent in Leo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 9% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 25 August 2016 at 03:41.

Harvest Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 18 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.

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 ∠1886"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1886" and ∠1900".

Lunation 205 / 1158

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes and it is 2 hours and 49 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 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠77.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠77.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.8°.

Moon after perigee

7 days since point of perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 380 139 km

The Moon is 380 139 km (236 207 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 059 km (251 692 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.455° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.451° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 September 2016 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

24 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 2 days

In 2 days on 1 September 2016 at 09:03 in ♍ Virgo 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