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 18% 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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 17 June 2017 at 11:33.

Buck Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2017 after 18 days on 9 July 2017 at 04:07.

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 ∠1955"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1888".

Lunation 215 / 1168

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 215 of Meeus index or 1168 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes and it is 29 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2017. 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 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠356°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠356° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠11°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 8 June 2017 at 22:21 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 June 2017 at 10:49 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 366 736 km

The Moon is 366 736 km (227 879 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 938 km (222 412 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 15 June 2017 at 02:40 in ♒ Aquarius 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 27 June 2017 at 16:26 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 11 June 2017 at 03:36 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.428° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.434° at the point of next northern standstill on 24 June 2017 at 11:12 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 24 June 2017 at 02:31 in ♋ Cancer 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