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

Waning Crescent in Libra

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 31 October 2018 at 16:40.

Beaver Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2018 after 16 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.

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 ∠1889"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1889" and ∠1936".

Lunation 232 / 1185

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes and it is 3 hours and 3 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 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠49.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠49.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠79.7°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 31 October 2018 at 20:05 in ♌ Leo 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 14 November 2018 at 15:57 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 379 516 km

The Moon is 379 516 km (235 820 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 341 km (251 246 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 31 October 2018 at 03:46 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 13 November 2018 at 14:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.292° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.401° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 November 2018 at 02:21 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

6 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 7 November 2018 at 16:02 in ♏ Scorpio 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