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 22% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 26 January 2049 at 21:33.

Snow Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2049 after 19 days on 17 February 2049 at 20:47.

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 ∠1963"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1948".

Lunation 606 / 1559

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 606 of Meeus index or 1559 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 51 minutes and it is 5 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2049. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠3.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠3.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 17 January 2049 at 00:48 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 February 2049 at 08:51 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 365 221 km

The Moon is 365 221 km (226 938 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 256 km (223 231 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 17:52 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 11 February 2049 at 17:32 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon at southern standstill

At 19:42 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-22.806°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠22.719° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 11 February 2049 at 21:45.

New draconic month

At 17:52 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 2 February 2049 at 13:16 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