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 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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 27 June 2027 at 04:54.

Buck Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2027 after 18 days on 18 July 2027 at 15:45.

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 ∠1901"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1901" and ∠1887".

Lunation 339 / 1292

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 339 of Meeus index or 1292 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 22 minutes and it is 19 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠330.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠330.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.4°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 22 June 2027 at 05:08 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 July 2027 at 20:55 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 377 061 km

The Moon is 377 061 km (234 295 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 284 km (222 627 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 22 June 2027 at 18:25 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 July 2027 at 02:14 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 18 June 2027 at 14:51 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.134° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.165° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 July 2027 at 19:52 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 4 July 2027 at 03:02 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