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 9% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 leaving the last ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 18 August 2041 at 17:43.

Harvest Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2041 after 17 days on 10 September 2041 at 09:24.

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 ∠1793"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1898".

Lunation 514 / 1467

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 514 of Meeus index or 1467 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 14 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 30 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 33 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠152.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠152.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠176.4°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 12 August 2041 at 16:02 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 August 2041 at 02:03 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 399 828 km

The Moon is 399 828 km (248 442 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 632 km (252 669 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 17 August 2041 at 11:36 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 1 September 2041 at 00:51 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 21 August 2041 at 21:17 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.495° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.620° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 September 2041 at 12:54 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 26 August 2041 at 16:16 in ♌ Leo 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