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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 35% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 26 April 2019 at 22:18.

Flower Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2019 after 20 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11.

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 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1906".

Lunation 238 / 1191

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 238 of Meeus index or 1191 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and it is 2 hours and 39 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 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠228.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠228.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠263°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 18:20 about 11 days since last perigee on 16 April 2019 at 22:02 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 13 May 2019 at 21:53 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 404 577 km

This apogee Moon is 404 577 km (251 392 mi) away from Earth. It is 831 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 132 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 25 April 2019 at 15:02 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 May 2019 at 18:50 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 24 April 2019 at 21:22 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.125° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.243° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 May 2019 at 05:46 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

15 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 6 days

In 6 days on 4 May 2019 at 22:45 in ♉ Taurus 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