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

Waning Crescent in Scorpio

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 27% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 10 January 2045 at 03:32.

Snow Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2045 after 20 days on 1 February 2045 at 21:05.

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 ∠1827"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1827" and ∠1951".

Lunation 556 / 1509

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 556 of Meeus index or 1509 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 32 minutes and it is 6 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2045. 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 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 15 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠156.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠156.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠182.1°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 3 January 2045 at 19:25 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 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 January 2045 at 22:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 392 335 km

The Moon is 392 335 km (243 786 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 609 km (252 655 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 6 January 2045 at 16:49 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 January 2045 at 00:16 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 2 January 2045 at 06:32 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.069° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.098° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 January 2045 at 09:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 18 January 2045 at 04:25 in ♑ Capricorn 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