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 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 22 September 2019 at 02:41.

Hunter Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2019 after 18 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08.

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 ∠1960"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1913".

Lunation 243 / 1196

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 243 of Meeus index or 1196 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes and it is 1 hour and 23 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 4 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠356.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠356.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠11.4°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 13 September 2019 at 13:32 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 September 2019 at 02:27 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 365 673 km

The Moon is 365 673 km (227 219 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 803 km (222 328 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 23 September 2019 at 06:30 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 5 October 2019 at 18:49 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 23 September 2019 at 01:54 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.681° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.788° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 October 2019 at 16:01 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 3 days

In 3 days on 28 September 2019 at 18:26 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