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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 10% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 29 July 2062 at 10:04.

Sturgeon Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2062 after 17 days on 20 August 2062 at 03:55.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1891".

Lunation 773 / 1726

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 773 of Meeus index or 1726 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 48 minutes and it is 1 hour and 14 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 57 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 13 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠358.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠358.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠14°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 20 July 2062 at 10:49 in ♑ Capricorn 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 4 August 2062 at 04:41 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 363 906 km

The Moon is 363 906 km (226 121 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 393 km (222 695 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 26 July 2062 at 00:55 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 August 2062 at 17:38 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 02:58 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.542°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.592° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 15 August 2062 at 06:10.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 5 August 2062 at 00:40 in ♌ Leo 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