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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 5% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 14 May 2020 at 14:03.

Strawberry Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 16 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.

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 ∠1775"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1896".

Lunation 251 / 1204

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 251 of Meeus index or 1204 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 13 minutes and it is 2 hours and 10 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 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 34 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠201.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠201.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠229.8°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 18 May 2020 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2020 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 403 793 km

The Moon is 403 793 km (250 905 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 366 km (226 407 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 10 May 2020 at 09:01 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 May 2020 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.998° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.055° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 May 2020 at 21:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 22 May 2020 at 17:39 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