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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 9% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 7 March 2059 at 08:47.

Worm Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2059 after 17 days on 29 March 2059 at 03:47.

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 ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1931".

Lunation 731 / 1684

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 731 of Meeus index or 1684 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 38 minutes and it is 15 minutes longer 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠357°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠357° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 26 February 2059 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 March 2059 at 06:38 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 364 035 km

The Moon is 364 035 km (226 201 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 773 km (222 310 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 6 March 2059 at 00:53 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 March 2059 at 12:04 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 8 March 2059 at 23:34 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.323° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.421° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 March 2059 at 15:46 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 14 March 2059 at 00:05 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