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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 12% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 30 May 2024 at 17:13.

Strawberry Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2024 after 18 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 ∠1953"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1891".

Lunation 301 / 1254

The Moon is 26 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 after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 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 14 June 2024 at 13:36 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 367 092 km

The Moon is 367 092 km (228 100 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 078 km (251 082 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 June 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

8 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 4 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

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 3 days

In 3 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