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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 40% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 12 March 2053 at 10:21.

Pink Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2053 after 20 days on 3 April 2053 at 06:22.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1930".

Lunation 657 / 1610

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 657 of Meeus index or 1610 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes and it is 3 hours and 3 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 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠251.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠251.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠288°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 12 March 2053 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 25 March 2053 at 21:13 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 405 340 km

The Moon is 405 340 km (251 867 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 681 km (229 709 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 5 March 2053 at 12:51 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 19 March 2053 at 23:33 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 04:30 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.150°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2053. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.163° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 March 2053 at 19:19.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 20 March 2053 at 07:11 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