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 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 28 June 2024 at 21:53.

Buck Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2024 after 19 days on 21 July 2024 at 10:17.

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 ∠1944"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1887".

Lunation 302 / 1255

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 302 of Meeus index or 1255 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 20 minutes and it is 1 hour and 56 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 2 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠60.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠60.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠93.2°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 27 June 2024 at 11:45 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 July 2024 at 08:12 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 368 702 km

The Moon is 368 702 km (229 101 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 363 km (251 260 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 29 June 2024 at 04:26 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 12 July 2024 at 22:27 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 22 June 2024 at 02:41 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.345° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.352° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 July 2024 at 00:08 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

2 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 5 July 2024 at 22:57 in ♋ Cancer 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