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 13% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 passing about ∠13° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 July 2039 at 03:38.

Sturgeon Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2039 after 17 days on 4 August 2039 at 09:56.

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 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".

Lunation 488 / 1441

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 488 of Meeus index or 1441 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 33 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 1 hour and 49 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠199.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠199.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠226.3°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 03:14 about 12 days since last perigee on 4 July 2039 at 20:31 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 1 August 2039 at 22:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 405 452 km

This apogee Moon is 405 452 km (251 936 mi) away from Earth. It is 44 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 257 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 4 July 2039 at 14:57 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 18 July 2039 at 06:48 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 5 July 2039 at 22:01 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.696° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.697° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 July 2039 at 22:01 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 21 July 2039 at 07:54 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