Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 2 December 2018 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | December 2018

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 24% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 24% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 30 November 2018 at 00:19.

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.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1922"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1922" and ∠1946".

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 20 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 233 / 1186

The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 233 of Meeus index or 1186 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠79.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠79.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠116.6°.

Moon after perigee

5 days after point of perigee on 26 November 2018 at 12:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 372 842 km

The Moon is 372 842 km (231 673 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 177 km (251 765 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 27 November 2018 at 05:18 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 26 November 2018 at 01:48 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.485°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.539° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 7 December 2018 at 07:20 in ♐ Sagittarius 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.

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