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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 5% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 7 January 2029 at 13:26.

Wolf Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2029 after 17 days on 30 January 2029 at 06:03.

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 ∠1886"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1886" and ∠1951".

Lunation 358 / 1311

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 358 of Meeus index or 1311 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes and it is 1 hour and 49 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠63.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠63.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99.9°.

Moon after perigee

7 days since point of perigee on 5 January 2029 at 04:16 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 January 2029 at 18:08 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 380 087 km

The Moon is 380 087 km (236 175 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 884 km (251 583 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 31 December 2028 at 22:49 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 January 2029 at 21:21 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at southern standstill

At 00:15 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.199°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2029. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠25.172° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 January 2029 at 12:31.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 14 January 2029 at 17:24 in ♑ Capricorn 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