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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 18 December 2076 at 12:39.

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2077 after 15 days on 9 January 2077 at 04:37.

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 ∠1885"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1885" and ∠1951".

Lunation 951 / 1904

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 951 of Meeus index or 1904 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 25 minutes and it is 1 hour and 33 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 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 22 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠290.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠290.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠319.3°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 16 December 2076 at 20:13 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 December 2076 at 13:46 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 380 234 km

The Moon is 380 234 km (236 266 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 434 km (226 449 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 18:18 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 6 January 2077 at 14:25 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 12 December 2076 at 04:08 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.101° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.094° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 December 2076 at 10:19 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 26 December 2076 at 00:53 in ♑ Capricorn 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