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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 29% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 24 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 4 April 2040 at 14:06.

Pink Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2040 after 20 days on 27 April 2040 at 02:38.

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 ∠1959"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1917".

Lunation 497 / 1450

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 497 of Meeus index or 1450 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠53.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠53.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠86°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 3 April 2040 at 20:39 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 April 2040 at 07:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 365 973 km

The Moon is 365 973 km (227 405 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 364 km (251 260 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 1 April 2040 at 17:18 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 April 2040 at 21:15 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 4 April 2040 at 04:16 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.010° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.101° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 April 2040 at 20:06 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

18 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 5 days

In 5 days on 11 April 2040 at 14:00 in ♈ Aries 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