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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 14% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 11 June 2042 at 01:00.

Buck Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2042 after 18 days on 3 July 2042 at 08:09.

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 ∠1960"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1889".

Lunation 524 / 1477

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 524 of Meeus index or 1477 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 53 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠33.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠33.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠57.3°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 13 June 2042 at 22:24 in ♈ Aries 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 26 June 2042 at 01:31 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 365 708 km

The Moon is 365 708 km (227 240 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 088 km (251 089 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 13 June 2042 at 12:16 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 June 2042 at 04:23 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 5 June 2042 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.094° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.070° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 June 2042 at 08:35 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 17 June 2042 at 19:48 in ♊ Gemini 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