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 36% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 20 September 2076 at 01:06.

Hunter Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2076 after 20 days on 12 October 2076 at 09:37.

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 ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1912".

Lunation 948 / 1901

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 948 of Meeus index or 1901 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes and it is 21 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2076. 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 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠193.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠193.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠219.7°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 12 September 2076 at 01:19 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 September 2076 at 11:16 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 400 386 km

The Moon is 400 386 km (248 788 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 798 km (252 151 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 19 September 2076 at 11:58 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 4 October 2076 at 00:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 02:19 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠24.689°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-24.833° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 5 October 2076 at 13:46.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 28 September 2076 at 05:27 in ♎ Libra 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