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 21% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 18 August 2071 at 17:57.

Harvest Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2071 after 19 days on 9 September 2071 at 14:51.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1897".

Lunation 885 / 1838

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 885 of Meeus index or 1838 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 20 minutes and it is 1 hour and 45 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 5 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠5.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠5.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠21.2°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 8 August 2071 at 20:04 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 August 2071 at 01:45 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 364 748 km

The Moon is 364 748 km (226 644 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 752 km (223 540 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 14 August 2071 at 06:42 in ♓ Pisces 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 27 August 2071 at 02:29 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 05:18 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.210°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.164° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 3 September 2071 at 06:02.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 25 August 2071 at 08:16 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