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

Waning Crescent in Scorpio

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 2 December 2053 at 14:04.

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2053 after 16 days on 25 December 2053 at 09:23.

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 ∠1818"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1818" and ∠1948".

Lunation 666 / 1619

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 666 of Meeus index or 1619 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 45 minutes and it is 2 hours and 8 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 4 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠106.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠106.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠141.1°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 27 November 2053 at 23:02 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 13 December 2053 at 21:20 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 394 345 km

The Moon is 394 345 km (245 035 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 943 km (252 241 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 2 December 2053 at 16:41 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 17 December 2053 at 00:48 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 27 November 2053 at 23:44 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.707° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.771° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 December 2053 at 12:05 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

5 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 1 day

In 1 day on 10 December 2053 at 03:40 in ♐ Sagittarius 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