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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 2% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 8 February 2045 at 19:03.

Worm Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2045 after 15 days on 3 March 2045 at 07:52.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1942".

Lunation 557 / 1510

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 557 of Meeus index or 1510 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 26 minutes and it is 2 hours and 2 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 42 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠182.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠182.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠207.6°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 14 February 2045 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 March 2045 at 18:43 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 405 050 km

The Moon is 405 050 km (251 686 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 563 km (224 043 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 3 February 2045 at 02:18 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 February 2045 at 06:00 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 11 February 2045 at 15:40 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.184° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.188° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 February 2045 at 01:04 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

25 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 16 February 2045 at 23:51 in ♒ Aquarius 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