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

Waning Crescent in Virgo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 28% 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 is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 25 October 2081 at 11:13.

Beaver Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2081 after 20 days on 16 November 2081 at 13:19.

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 ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1931".

Lunation 1011 / 1964

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1011 of Meeus index or 1964 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 41 minutes and it is 1 hour and 51 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 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠12.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠12.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠29.7°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 14 October 2081 at 14:03 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 30 October 2081 at 07:55 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 364 495 km

The Moon is 364 495 km (226 487 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 740 km (224 775 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 14 October 2081 at 11:52 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 October 2081 at 09:25 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 22 October 2081 at 20:04 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.369° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.291° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 November 2081 at 12:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 1 November 2081 at 03:04 in ♏ Scorpio 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