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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 2% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 8 January 2018 at 22:25.

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 16 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Lunation 222 / 1175

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 222 of Meeus index or 1175 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.82 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 47 minutes and it is 59 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 7 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length and it is the longest synodic month length of 21st century.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠173.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠173.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠198.1°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 02:10 about 13 days since last perigee on 1 January 2018 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 14 days until point of next perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 406 461 km

This apogee Moon is 406 461 km (252 563 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2018. It is 1 053 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 248 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 4 January 2018 at 07:48 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon at southern standstill

At 16:28 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.048°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.027° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 29 January 2018 at 11:32.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 17 January 2018 at 02:17 in ♑ Capricorn 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