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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 26% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 17 September 2022 at 21:52.

Hunter Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2022 after 19 days on 9 October 2022 at 20:55.

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 ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1911".

Lunation 280 / 1233

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 280 of Meeus index or 1233 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes and it is 43 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 53 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 10 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠230.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠230.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠265.5°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 19 September 2022 at 14:44 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 October 2022 at 17:01 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 405 234 km

The Moon is 405 234 km (251 801 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 335 km (229 494 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 14 September 2022 at 14:49 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 September 2022 at 23:43 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 18 September 2022 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.316° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.411° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 October 2022 at 19:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

5 days 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 5 days

In 5 days on 25 September 2022 at 21:54 in ♍ Virgo 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