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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 7% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 24 July 2038 at 05:40.

Sturgeon Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2038 after 16 days on 14 August 2038 at 22:57.

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 ∠1824"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1824" and ∠1890".

Lunation 476 / 1429

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 476 of Meeus index or 1429 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 8 minutes and it is 1 hour and 36 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 36 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 33 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠259.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠259.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠293.3°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 24 July 2038 at 07:19 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 5 August 2038 at 21:36 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 393 000 km

The Moon is 393 000 km (244 199 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 833 km (229 182 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 20:50 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 11 August 2038 at 18:25 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before northern standstill

13 days since the last southern standstill on 15 July 2038 at 15:12 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.036° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠23.049° at the point of next northern standstill on 30 July 2038 at 00:20 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 20:50 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 1 August 2038 at 00:40 in ♌ Leo 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