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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 21% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 25 July 2065 at 06:22.

Sturgeon Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2065 after 18 days on 16 August 2065 at 03:45.

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 ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1890".

Lunation 810 / 1763

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 810 of Meeus index or 1763 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠235.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠235.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠270.8°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 26 July 2065 at 15:50 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 August 2065 at 06:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 404 042 km

The Moon is 404 042 km (251 060 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 504 km (229 599 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 17 July 2065 at 20:19 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 1 August 2065 at 05:11 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

13 days since the last southern standstill on 15 July 2065 at 07:31 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.199° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.196° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 July 2065 at 06:45 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 2 August 2065 at 05:46 in ♌ Leo 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