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 2% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 8 July 2072 at 13:53.

Buck Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2072 after 15 days on 30 July 2072 at 00:17.

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 ∠1924"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1888".

Lunation 896 / 1849

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 896 of Meeus index or 1849 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 59 minutes and it is 34 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 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠313.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠313.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠333.8°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 5 July 2072 at 05:53 in ♓ Pisces 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 17 July 2072 at 07:53 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 372 560 km

The Moon is 372 560 km (231 498 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 898 km (224 252 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 5 July 2072 at 13:03 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 July 2072 at 20:41 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 10:48 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.668°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.639° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 27 July 2072 at 08:30.

Draconic month

22 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 1 day

In 1 day on 15 July 2072 at 17:56 in ♋ Cancer 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