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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 8 December 2020 at 00:37.

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2020 after 16 days on 30 December 2020 at 03:28.

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 ∠1959"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1949".

Lunation 258 / 1211

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 258 of Meeus index or 1211 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes and it is 1 hour and 35 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 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠12.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠12.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠30.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 12 December 2020 at 20:42 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 December 2020 at 16:32 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 365 884 km

The Moon is 365 884 km (227 350 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 010 km (251 662 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 1 December 2020 at 07:46 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 14 December 2020 at 11:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 3 December 2020 at 01:22 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.882° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.879° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 December 2020 at 22:23 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

12 days 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 1 day

In 1 day on 14 December 2020 at 16:17 in ♐ Sagittarius 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