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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

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 in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 11 December 2044 at 14:52.

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2045 after 15 days on 3 January 2045 at 10:20.

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 ∠1786"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1950".

Lunation 555 / 1508

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 555 of Meeus index or 1508 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 5 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠126.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠126.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠156.9°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 6 December 2044 at 08:05 in ♋ Cancer 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 21 December 2044 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 401 320 km

The Moon is 401 320 km (249 369 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 354 km (252 497 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 10 December 2044 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 December 2044 at 21:19 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 5 December 2044 at 19:56 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.056° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.031° at the point of next southern standstill on 19 December 2044 at 04:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 19 December 2044 at 08:53 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