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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 24% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 24 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 31 July 2021 at 13:16.

Sturgeon Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2021 after 19 days on 22 August 2021 at 12:02.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1891".

Lunation 266 / 1219

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 266 of Meeus index or 1219 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 34 minutes and it is 1 hour and 32 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 11 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠230.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠230.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠264.3°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 2 August 2021 at 07:35 in ♉ Taurus 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 17 August 2021 at 09:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 404 971 km

The Moon is 404 971 km (251 637 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 127 km (229 365 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 02:51 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 16 August 2021 at 16:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 22 July 2021 at 15:11 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.643° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.685° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 August 2021 at 16:46 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 02:51 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 8 August 2021 at 13:50 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