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 8% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 27 December 2021 at 02:24.

Wolf Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2022 after 17 days on 17 January 2022 at 23:49.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1951".

Lunation 271 / 1224

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 271 of Meeus index or 1224 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 50 minutes and it is 23 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 54 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 15 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠358.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠358.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠13.9°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 18 December 2021 at 02:16 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2022 at 23:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 363 571 km

The Moon is 363 571 km (225 913 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 037 km (222 474 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 01:07 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 13 January 2022 at 04:19 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 20 December 2021 at 04:32 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.306° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.304° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 January 2022 at 13:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

14 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 2 January 2022 at 18:33 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