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 15% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 26 February 2019 at 11:28.

Worm Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2019 after 18 days on 21 March 2019 at 01:43.

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 ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1936".

Lunation 236 / 1189

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 236 of Meeus index or 1189 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute and it is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠175.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠175.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠200.2°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 19 February 2019 at 09:06 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 March 2019 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 403 080 km

The Moon is 403 080 km (250 462 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 391 km (252 520 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♑ Capricorn at 11:03 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 16 March 2019 at 16:22 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 1 March 2019 at 06:23 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.642° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.761° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 March 2019 at 17:59 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 6 March 2019 at 16:04 in ♓ Pisces 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