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 32% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 10 June 2023 at 19:31.

Buck Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2023 after 20 days on 3 July 2023 at 11:39.

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 ∠1928"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1928" and ∠1889".

Lunation 289 / 1242

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 289 of Meeus index or 1242 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 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 same as the mean

The length of the current synodic month is equal to the mean synodic month length. It is %hours_to_shortest% and %minutes_to_shortest% longer than the 21st century's shortest and %hours_to_longest% and %minutes_to_longest% shorter than the 21st century's longest synodic months.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠92.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠92.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.4°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 6 June 2023 at 23:07 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 June 2023 at 18:30 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 371 693 km

The Moon is 371 693 km (230 959 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 385 km (251 895 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 1 June 2023 at 06:23 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 June 2023 at 00:05 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before northern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 5 June 2023 at 16:21 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.866° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.833° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 June 2023 at 21:07 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 18 June 2023 at 04:37 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