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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 26 November 2040 at 21:07.

Cold Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2040 after 15 days on 18 December 2040 at 12:16.

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 ∠1911"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1911" and ∠1947".

Lunation 505 / 1458

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 505 of Meeus index or 1458 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 37 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 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 7 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 2 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠297°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠297° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠323.5°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 24 November 2040 at 19:12 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 December 2040 at 13:20 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 375 148 km

The Moon is 375 148 km (233 106 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 352 km (225 776 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 01:02 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 15 December 2040 at 21:13 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 22 November 2040 at 02:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.813° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.791° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 December 2040 at 01:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 4 December 2040 at 07:33 in ♐ Sagittarius 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