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

Waning Crescent in Virgo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 22% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 5 November 2023 at 08:37.

Beaver Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2023 after 18 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16.

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 ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1937".

Lunation 294 / 1247

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 294 of Meeus index or 1247 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.65 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 32 minutes and it is 1 hour and 27 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 2 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 15 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠232.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠232.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠269.5°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 6 November 2023 at 21:49 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 November 2023 at 21:03 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 404 520 km

The Moon is 404 520 km (251 357 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 824 km (229 798 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 28 October 2023 at 03:14 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 11 November 2023 at 08:49 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 2 November 2023 at 05:12 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.288° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.238° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 November 2023 at 14:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 13 November 2023 at 09:27 in ♏ Scorpio 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