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

Waning Crescent in Leo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 22% 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 11 October 2066 at 09:43.

Beaver Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2066 after 18 days on 2 November 2066 at 02:13.

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 ∠1798"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1924".

Lunation 825 / 1778

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 825 of Meeus index or 1778 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 55 minutes and it is 32 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 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠272.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠272.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠304.7°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 10 October 2066 at 18:32 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 22 October 2066 at 18:37 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 398 547 km

The Moon is 398 547 km (247 646 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 509 km (228 360 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 10 October 2066 at 02:19 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 23 October 2066 at 16:14 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 8 October 2066 at 22:14 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.153° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.054° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 October 2066 at 18:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 19 October 2066 at 01:42 in ♎ Libra 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