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

Waning Crescent in Libra

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 31% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 4 December 2042 at 09:19.

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2042 after 20 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43.

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 ∠1775"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1948".

Lunation 530 / 1483

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 530 of Meeus index or 1483 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 37 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠201.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠201.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠232°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 25 November 2042 at 22:40 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 December 2042 at 00:37 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 403 807 km

The Moon is 403 807 km (250 914 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 435 km (251 926 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 24 November 2042 at 01:03 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 December 2042 at 05:37 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 29 November 2042 at 03:21 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.344° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.294° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2042 at 13:29 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

12 days 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 6 days

In 6 days on 12 December 2042 at 14:29 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