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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 9% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 11 August 2020 at 16:45.

Harvest Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 16 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.

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 ∠1867"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1867" and ∠1895".

Lunation 254 / 1207

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 254 of Meeus index or 1207 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.38 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes and it is 50 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠296.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠296.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠322.3°.

Moon before perigee

6 days since point of apogee on 9 August 2020 at 13:51 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 383 866 km

The Moon is 383 866 km (238 523 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 513 km (225 877 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini 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 27 August 2020 at 11:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.152° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.219° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 August 2020 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 19 August 2020 at 02:41 in ♌ Leo 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