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

Waning Crescent in Scorpio

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 18% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 11 December 2025 at 20:52.

Wolf Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2026 after 18 days on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.

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 ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1950".

Lunation 320 / 1273

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 320 of Meeus index or 1273 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 56 minutes and it is 47 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2025. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 51 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠181.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠181.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠207°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 4 December 2025 at 11:06 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 December 2025 at 06:09 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 403 379 km

The Moon is 403 379 km (250 648 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 324 km (252 478 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 11 December 2025 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 25 December 2025 at 22:03 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 5 December 2025 at 21:51 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.263° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.233° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 December 2025 at 23:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 20 December 2025 at 01:43 in ♐ Sagittarius 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