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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 7% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 18 July 2044 at 02:47.

Sturgeon Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2044 after 17 days on 8 August 2044 at 21:14.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1889".

Lunation 550 / 1503

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 550 of Meeus index or 1503 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes and it is 1 hour and 10 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 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠0.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠0.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠16°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 8 July 2044 at 20:57 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 23 July 2044 at 18:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 363 433 km

The Moon is 363 433 km (225 827 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 737 km (222 909 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 14 July 2044 at 16:24 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 July 2044 at 09:02 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 09:09 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.369°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.410° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 4 August 2044 at 16:59.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 24 July 2044 at 17:10 in ♋ Cancer 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