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 33% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ∠23° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 20 April 2063 at 14:42.

Flower Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2063 after 20 days on 12 May 2063 at 13:11.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1908".

Lunation 782 / 1735

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 782 of Meeus index or 1735 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 2 minutes and it is 3 hours and 7 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 1 hour and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠234.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠234.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠270.1°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 02:01 about 11 days since last perigee on 10 April 2063 at 05:55 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 14 days until point of next perigee on 6 May 2063 at 19:05 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 404 422 km

This apogee Moon is 404 422 km (251 296 mi) away from Earth. It is 986 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 287 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 10 April 2063 at 07:03 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 April 2063 at 02:28 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 17 April 2063 at 20:52 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.344° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.247° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 May 2063 at 05:04 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 28 April 2063 at 14:52 in ♉ Taurus 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