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

Waning Crescent in Virgo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 28% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 24 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 26 October 2032 at 02:29.

Beaver Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2032 after 19 days on 17 November 2032 at 06:42.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1932".

Lunation 405 / 1358

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 405 of Meeus index or 1358 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 19 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 35 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠215.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠215.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.6°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 18:22 about 11 days since last perigee on 16 October 2032 at 21:27 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 16 days until point of next perigee on 13 November 2032 at 15:20 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 405 007 km

This apogee Moon is 405 007 km (251 660 mi) away from Earth. It is 401 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 702 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 19 October 2032 at 02:27 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 2 November 2032 at 09:04 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 22 October 2032 at 20:01 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.051° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.070° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 November 2032 at 09:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 3 November 2032 at 05:45 in ♏ Scorpio 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