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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 6% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 5 February 2040 at 22:32.

Snow Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 17 days on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.

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 ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1944".

Lunation 495 / 1448

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 495 of Meeus index or 1448 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 59 minutes and it is 23 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2040. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠12.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠12.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠30.1°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 18:42 about 15 days since last apogee on 25 January 2040 at 22:42 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next apogee on 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 361 749 km

This perigee Moon is 361 749 km (224 780 mi) away from Earth. It is 759 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 607 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 7 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 February 2040 at 14:18 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 9 February 2040 at 16:13 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.560° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.645° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 February 2040 at 04:38 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

16 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 2 days

In 2 days on 12 February 2040 at 14:24 in ♒ Aquarius 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