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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

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 ♉ Taurus

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

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 27 May 2046 at 17:06.

Strawberry Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2046 after 15 days on 18 June 2046 at 13:10.

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 ∠1830"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1891".

Lunation 573 / 1526

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 573 of Meeus index or 1526 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes and it is 2 hours and 10 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠239.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠239.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠274°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 28 May 2046 at 21:55 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 June 2046 at 03:54 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 391 683 km

The Moon is 391 683 km (243 381 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 663 km (229 698 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 25 May 2046 at 04:58 in ♒ Aquarius 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 8 June 2046 at 09:42 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 21 May 2046 at 18:34 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.705° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.677° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 June 2046 at 05:17 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

9 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 4 June 2046 at 15:22 in ♊ Gemini 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