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

Waning Crescent in Pisces

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 6% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 21 March 2063 at 20:16.

Pink Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2063 after 16 days on 13 April 2063 at 02:34.

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 ∠1775"

Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1923".

Lunation 781 / 1734

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 781 of Meeus index or 1734 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.72 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes and it is 3 hours and 10 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠204.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠204.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠234.9°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 25 March 2063 at 07:06 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 April 2063 at 05:55 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 403 783 km

The Moon is 403 783 km (250 899 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 244 km (226 952 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 21:01 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 10 April 2063 at 07:03 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 21 March 2063 at 12:26 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.488° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.415° at the point of next northern standstill on 4 April 2063 at 23:41 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 21:01 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 30 March 2063 at 00:50 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