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

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 30% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 24 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 21 August 2076 at 11:00.

Harvest Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2076 after 20 days on 13 September 2076 at 00:38.

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 ∠1813"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1813" and ∠1898".

Lunation 947 / 1900

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 947 of Meeus index or 1900 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.65 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 38 minutes and it is 6 minutes shorter 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 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠170.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠170.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠193.2°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 14 August 2076 at 15:29 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 August 2076 at 02:51 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 395 250 km

The Moon is 395 250 km (245 597 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 487 km (252 579 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 10:33 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 6 September 2076 at 23:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 11 August 2076 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.400° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠24.455° at the point of next northern standstill on 24 August 2076 at 20:21 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 10:33 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 29 August 2076 at 13:43 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