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 4% 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 22 April 2052 at 06:03.

Flower Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2052 after 16 days on 13 May 2052 at 19:00.

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 ∠1952"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1906".

Lunation 646 / 1599

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 646 of Meeus index or 1599 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 54 minutes and it is 1 hour and 25 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 3 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠335.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠335.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠352.1°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 16 April 2052 at 17:03 in ♏ Scorpio 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 29 April 2052 at 14:35 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 367 170 km

The Moon is 367 170 km (228 149 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 547 km (222 169 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♈ Aries at 10:56 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 10 May 2052 at 10:36 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 19 April 2052 at 06:22 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.346° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.384° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 May 2052 at 05:36 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 29 April 2052 at 03:20 in ♉ Taurus 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