Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 21 December 2022 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2022 | December 2022

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 5% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 5% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 16 December 2022 at 08:56.

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.

Moon is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1930"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1930" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 16 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 283 / 1236

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 44 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the 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 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠325.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠344.3°.

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2022 at 08:32 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 371 333 km

The Moon is 371 333 km (230 736 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 270 km (222 619 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 January 2023 at 15:25 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 9 December 2022 at 21:22 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.432°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.418° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 23 December 2022 at 10:17 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.

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