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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 35% 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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

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

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 2 February 2024 at 23:18.

Snow Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 20 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.

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 ∠1852"

Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1852" and ∠1946".

Lunation 297 / 1250

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes and it is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠328°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠328° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.9°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 February 2024 at 18:49 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 387 085 km

The Moon is 387 085 km (240 523 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 088 km (222 506 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 February 2024 at 17:01 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.203° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.304° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 February 2024 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

17 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 9 February 2024 at 22:59 in ♒ Aquarius 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