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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 7% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 22 June 2049 at 09:41.

Buck Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2049 after 17 days on 15 July 2049 at 02:29.

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 ∠1804"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1804" and ∠1887".

Lunation 611 / 1564

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 611 of Meeus index or 1564 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 50 minutes and it is 27 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 57 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠136.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠136.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠162.9°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 16 June 2049 at 22:40 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 July 2049 at 01:01 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 397 290 km

The Moon is 397 290 km (246 865 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 409 km (252 531 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 17:38 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 12 July 2049 at 03:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 15 June 2049 at 07:58 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.089° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠22.088° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 June 2049 at 11:03 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 30 June 2049 at 04:50 in ♋ Cancer 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