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 17% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 13 December 2033 at 15:28.

Wolf Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2034 after 18 days on 4 January 2034 at 19:47.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".

Lunation 419 / 1372

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 419 of Meeus index or 1372 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.71 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 7 minutes and it is 1 hour and 52 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 4 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠217.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠217.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠252°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 16 December 2033 at 03:29 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2034 at 00:06 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 404 909 km

The Moon is 404 909 km (251 599 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 922 km (228 616 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 15 December 2033 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 29 December 2033 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 7 December 2033 at 04:42 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.469° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.491° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 December 2033 at 14:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 21 December 2033 at 18:47 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