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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 6 July 2018 at 07:51.

Buck Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2018 after 18 days on 27 July 2018 at 20:20.

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 ∠1923"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1887".

Lunation 228 / 1181

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 228 of Meeus index or 1181 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 5 minutes and it is 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠340.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 30 June 2018 at 02:43 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 July 2018 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 372 761 km

The Moon is 372 761 km (231 623 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 432 km (222 098 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 30 June 2018 at 16:44 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 July 2018 at 02:50 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 28 June 2018 at 14:30 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.775° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.761° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 July 2018 at 12:01 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 13 July 2018 at 02:48 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