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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 14 July 2066 at 06:38.

Sturgeon Moon after 16 days

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

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

Lunation 822 / 1775

The Moon is 27 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 after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 19 July 2066 at 16:13 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 August 2066 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 405 372 km

The Moon is 405 372 km (251 886 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 710 km (224 135 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 16:05 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 3 August 2066 at 08:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

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 12 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

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day 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