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 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 25 January 2041 at 10:33.

Snow Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2041 after 15 days on 16 February 2041 at 02:21.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1947".

Lunation 507 / 1460

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 507 of Meeus index or 1460 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 35 minutes and it is 39 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 2 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠342.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠342.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠358.5°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 18 January 2041 at 23:16 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 February 2041 at 07:46 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 363 819 km

The Moon is 363 819 km (226 067 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 610 km (221 587 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 26 January 2041 at 15:09 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 February 2041 at 00:39 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 29 January 2041 at 22:24 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.843° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.907° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 February 2041 at 21:04 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

19 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 1 February 2041 at 05:43 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