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

Waning Crescent in Virgo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 34% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 16 November 2068 at 17:33.

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2068 after 20 days on 8 December 2068 at 23:42.

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 ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1942".

Lunation 851 / 1804

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 851 of Meeus index or 1804 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.73 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 25 minutes and it is 1 hour and 23 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 4 hours and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 22 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠209.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠209.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠241.5°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 7 November 2068 at 20:44 in ♈ Aries 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 19 November 2068 at 19:10 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 404 204 km

The Moon is 404 204 km (251 161 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 230 km (251 798 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 9 November 2068 at 19:59 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2068 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 11 November 2068 at 15:07 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.651° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.658° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 November 2068 at 02:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 24 November 2068 at 21:42 in ♏ Scorpio 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