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 3% 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.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 13 July 2039 at 03:38.

Sturgeon Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2039 after 15 days on 4 August 2039 at 09:56.

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 ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1888".

Lunation 488 / 1441

The Moon is 27 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 after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 17 July 2039 at 03:14 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 August 2039 at 22:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 403 457 km

The Moon is 403 457 km (250 697 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 901 km (226 118 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 18 July 2039 at 06:48 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 31 July 2039 at 22:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 22:01 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠24.697°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-24.732° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 2 August 2039 at 07:15.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day 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