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 20% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 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 ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 27 August 2062 at 17:49.

Harvest Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2062 after 19 days on 18 September 2062 at 18:36.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1901".

Lunation 774 / 1727

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 774 of Meeus index or 1727 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 2 minutes and it is 2 hours and 5 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 4 hours and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠14°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠14° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠31.5°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 16 August 2062 at 18:05 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 1 September 2062 at 10:35 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 363 489 km

The Moon is 363 489 km (225 862 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 122 km (225 012 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 22 August 2062 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 4 September 2062 at 03:11 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 29 August 2062 at 10:48 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.645° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.670° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 September 2062 at 13:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

8 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 3 days

In 3 days on 3 September 2062 at 08:42 in ♍ Virgo 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