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

Waning Crescent in Leo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 23 August 2019 at 14:56.

Harvest Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2019 after 15 days on 14 September 2019 at 04:33.

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 ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1900".

Lunation 242 / 1195

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 242 of Meeus index or 1195 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 25 minutes and it is 24 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2019. 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 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠340.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356.3°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 17 August 2019 at 10:50 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 August 2019 at 15:57 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 364 437 km

The Moon is 364 437 km (226 451 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 177 km (221 939 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 27 August 2019 at 01:50 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 8 September 2019 at 17:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 26 August 2019 at 17:53 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.473° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.539° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 September 2019 at 09:39 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 30 August 2019 at 10:37 in ♍ Virgo 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