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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 11% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 13 February 2023 at 16:01.

Worm Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2023 after 18 days on 7 March 2023 at 12:40.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1942".

Lunation 285 / 1238

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 285 of Meeus index or 1238 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes and it is 4 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. 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 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠360°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠360° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.6°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 4 February 2023 at 08:55 in ♌ Leo 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 19 February 2023 at 09:06 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 363 938 km

The Moon is 363 938 km (226 141 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 267 km (222 617 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 12 February 2023 at 07:31 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 February 2023 at 18:56 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 16 February 2023 at 14:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.629° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.716° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 March 2023 at 14:09 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

19 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 2 days

In 2 days on 20 February 2023 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces 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