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

Waning Crescent in Libra

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 4% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 25 October 2081 at 11:13.

Beaver Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2081 after 17 days on 16 November 2081 at 13:19.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1933".

Lunation 1011 / 1964

The Moon is 27 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 at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 07:55 about 15 days since last apogee on 14 October 2081 at 14:03 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next apogee on 11 November 2081 at 04:54 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 361 740 km

This perigee Moon is 361 740 km (224 775 mi) away from Earth. It is 768 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 616 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 28 October 2081 at 09:25 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 10 November 2081 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

7 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 5 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

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day 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