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 30% 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 30 May 2024 at 17:13.

Strawberry Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2024 after 20 days on 22 June 2024 at 01:08.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1892".

Lunation 301 / 1254

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠36°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠36° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠60.7°.

Moon before perigee

14 days since point of apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo 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 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 363 494 km

The Moon is 363 494 km (225 865 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 108 km (228 732 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra 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 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before northern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.401° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.365° at the point of next northern standstill on 7 June 2024 at 16:40 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

26 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 6 June 2024 at 12:38 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