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 4% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ∠24° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 1 May 2024 at 11:27.

Flower Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 17 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1959"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1901".

Lunation 300 / 1253

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 300 of Meeus index or 1253 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.38 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 1 minute and it is 15 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2024. 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 3 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠17.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠17.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠36°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 5 May 2024 at 22:11 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 365 855 km

The Moon is 365 855 km (227 332 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 641 km (251 432 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 5 May 2024 at 21:54 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.509° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.465° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

1 day 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 1 day

In 1 day on 8 May 2024 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus 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