Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 9% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 28 July 2024 at 02:51.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1867" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2024 after 18 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26.
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.
The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 303 of Meeus index or 1256 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠93.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.3°.
8 days after point of perigee on 24 July 2024 at 05:43 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 August 2024 at 01:32 in ♎ Libra.
The Moon is 383 891 km (238 539 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 298 km (251 841 mi).
6 days after ascending node on 26 July 2024 at 05:33 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 9 August 2024 at 01:06 in ♎ Libra.
6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 05:59 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.455°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.546° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 15 August 2024 at 20:10.
In 2 days on 4 August 2024 at 11:13 in ♌ Leo 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.