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 2% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 17 January 2020 at 12:58.

Snow Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2020 after 16 days on 9 February 2020 at 07:33.

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 ∠1840"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1949".

Lunation 247 / 1200

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes and it is 1 hour and 21 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠82.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠82.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠120.5°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 13 January 2020 at 20:20 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 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 January 2020 at 21:28 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 389 640 km

The Moon is 389 640 km (242 111 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 390 km (251 898 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 22 January 2020 at 20:31 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 6 February 2020 at 08:59 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon at southern standstill

At 03:37 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-23.225°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2020. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠23.268° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 6 February 2020 at 16:10.

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 1 day

In 1 day on 24 January 2020 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn 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