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

Waning Crescent in Taurus

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 20 May 2063 at 09:16.

Strawberry Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2063 after 15 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43.

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 ∠1857"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1857" and ∠1894".

Lunation 783 / 1736

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 783 of Meeus index or 1736 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes and it is 2 hours and 16 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠270.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠270.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠301.9°.

Moon before perigee

6 days since point of apogee on 19 May 2063 at 21:24 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 June 2063 at 01:18 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 386 033 km

The Moon is 386 033 km (239 870 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 758 km (228 514 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 21 May 2063 at 05:36 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 3 June 2063 at 11:31 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 15 May 2063 at 05:16 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.173° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.118° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 May 2063 at 11:44 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

5 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 1 day

In 1 day on 28 May 2063 at 01:47 in ♊ Gemini 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