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

Waning Crescent in Aries

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 4% 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 May 2067 at 05:19.

Flower Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2067 after 17 days on 28 May 2067 at 18:42.

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 ∠1880"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1880" and ∠1899".

Lunation 832 / 1785

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 832 of Meeus index or 1785 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 57 minutes and it is 1 hour and 23 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 47 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 22 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠63.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠63.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠98.3°.

Moon after perigee

7 days since point of perigee on 4 May 2067 at 04:17 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 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 May 2067 at 10:35 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 381 309 km

The Moon is 381 309 km (236 934 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 564 km (251 384 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 2 May 2067 at 08:57 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 15 May 2067 at 12:44 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 2 May 2067 at 04:12 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.143° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.108° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 May 2067 at 07:53 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 13 May 2067 at 07:20 in ♉ Taurus 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