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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 24 June 2038 at 12:39.

Buck Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2038 after 14 days on 16 July 2038 at 11:48.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1815"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1887".

Lunation 475 / 1428

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 475 of Meeus index or 1428 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.55 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes and it is 2 hours 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 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠226°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠226° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠259.5°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 26 June 2038 at 12:55 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 11 July 2038 at 19:32 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 394 913 km

The Moon is 394 913 km (245 388 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 535 km (228 997 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 18 June 2038 at 02:42 in ♑ Capricorn 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 2 July 2038 at 12:47 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

13 days since the last southern standstill on 18 June 2038 at 05:58 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.039° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠23.041° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 July 2038 at 16:20 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 2 July 2038 at 13:32 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