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

Waning Crescent in Aries

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

7 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 7 days on 29 March 2046 at 06:57.

Pink Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2046 after 15 days on 20 April 2046 at 18:21.

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 ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1917".

Lunation 571 / 1524

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 571 of Meeus index or 1524 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.73 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 36 minutes and it is 2 hours and 32 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 4 hours and 52 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 11 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠184.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠184.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠209.1°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 3 April 2046 at 12:45 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 April 2046 at 02:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 220 km

The Moon is 404 220 km (251 171 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 864 km (224 230 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 1 April 2046 at 00:32 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 April 2046 at 07:10 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 28 March 2046 at 00:39 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.076° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.939° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 April 2046 at 17:57 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 6 April 2046 at 11:52 in ♈ Aries 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