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 20% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 4 February 2032 at 13:49.

Snow Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2032 after 18 days on 26 February 2032 at 07:43.

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 ∠1945"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1945" and ∠1945".

Lunation 396 / 1349

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 396 of Meeus index or 1349 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 18 minutes and it is 18 minutes longer 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 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 43 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠351.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠351.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠6.9°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 27 January 2032 at 16:13 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 February 2032 at 20:46 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 368 531 km

The Moon is 368 531 km (228 995 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 948 km (221 797 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 4 February 2032 at 11:35 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 16 February 2032 at 21:13 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 03:44 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.110°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.009° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 19 February 2032 at 21:21.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 11 February 2032 at 06:24 in ♒ Aquarius 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