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 1% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

7 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 7 days on 28 October 2059 at 04:31.

Beaver Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2059 after 15 days on 19 November 2059 at 13:09.

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 ∠1785"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1935".

Lunation 739 / 1692

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 739 of Meeus index or 1692 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.72 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes and it is 44 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2059. 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 4 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠197.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠197.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠225.8°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 1 November 2059 at 04:40 in ♍ Virgo 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 17 November 2059 at 04:17 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 401 495 km

The Moon is 401 495 km (249 477 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 733 km (226 013 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 22 October 2059 at 10:13 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 November 2059 at 17:51 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 26 October 2059 at 00:58 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.221° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.235° at the point of next southern standstill on 9 November 2059 at 16:49 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 5 November 2059 at 09:11 in ♏ Scorpio 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