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

Waning Crescent in Aries

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 23% 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 22 May 2022 at 18:43.

Strawberry Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2022 after 19 days on 14 June 2022 at 11:52.

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 ∠1865"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1865" and ∠1894".

Lunation 276 / 1229

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 276 of Meeus index or 1229 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes and it is 20 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠126°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠126° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.2°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 17 May 2022 at 15:23 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 June 2022 at 01:14 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 384 425 km

The Moon is 384 425 km (238 871 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 191 km (252 395 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 29 May 2022 at 02:33 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 19 May 2022 at 01:21 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.964° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.943° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 June 2022 at 22:32 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 30 May 2022 at 11:30 in ♊ Gemini 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