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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 2% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 30 December 2064 at 23:50.

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2065 after 16 days on 22 January 2065 at 09:53.

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 ∠1921"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1921" and ∠1951".

Lunation 803 / 1756

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 803 of Meeus index or 1756 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes and it is 2 hours and 1 minute 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠33°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠33° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠57.9°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 2 January 2065 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 January 2065 at 21:51 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 373 043 km

The Moon is 373 043 km (231 798 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 429 km (251 301 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 26 December 2064 at 08:47 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 January 2065 at 05:38 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon at southern standstill

At 00:25 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.815°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.834° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 19 January 2065 at 06:26.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 6 January 2065 at 19:15 in ♑ Capricorn 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