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 8% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 14 July 2066 at 06:38.

Sturgeon Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2066 after 17 days on 5 August 2066 at 16:59.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1888".

Lunation 822 / 1775

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 822 of Meeus index or 1775 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 19 minutes and it is 1 hour and 3 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 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 28 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠183.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠183.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠207°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 16:13 about 12 days since last perigee on 6 July 2066 at 20:02 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 4 August 2066 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 406 051 km

This apogee Moon is 406 051 km (252 308 mi) away from Earth. It is 643 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 658 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 6 July 2066 at 22:56 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 July 2066 at 16:05 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 18 July 2066 at 23:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.725° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.680° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 August 2066 at 00:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

12 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 2 days

In 2 days on 22 July 2066 at 10:34 in ♋ Cancer 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