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 26% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 24 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 ∠22° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 12 August 2066 at 20:59.

Harvest Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2066 after 19 days on 4 September 2066 at 01:37.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1895".

Lunation 823 / 1776

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 823 of Meeus index or 1776 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 18 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 1 hour and 32 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 31 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠207°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠207° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠236.4°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 4 August 2066 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 August 2066 at 05:19 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 405 023 km

The Moon is 405 023 km (251 670 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 122 km (251 731 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 3 August 2066 at 08:34 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 16 August 2066 at 21:14 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon at northern standstill

At 06:35 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠24.625°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-24.516° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 29 August 2066 at 07:59.

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 5 days

In 5 days on 21 August 2066 at 00:50 in ♍ Virgo 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