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 6% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 21 June 2022 at 03:11.

Buck Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2022 after 17 days on 13 July 2022 at 18:37.

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 ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1887".

Lunation 277 / 1230

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 277 of Meeus index or 1230 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 22 minutes and it is 19 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2022. 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 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠155.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠155.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠178.8°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 14 June 2022 at 23:21 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 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 June 2022 at 06:08 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 402 126 km

The Moon is 402 126 km (249 870 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 581 km (252 638 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 25 June 2022 at 07:10 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 9 July 2022 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 15 June 2022 at 10:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.924° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.900° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 June 2022 at 04:06 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 29 June 2022 at 02:52 in ♋ Cancer 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