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

Waning Crescent in Aries

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 38% 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 is entering ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 7 June 2083 at 06:29.

Strawberry Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2083 after 21 days on 29 June 2083 at 16:51.

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 ∠1813"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1813" and ∠1890".

Lunation 1031 / 1984

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1031 of Meeus index or 1984 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 24 minutes and it is 1 hour and 7 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 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠180.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠180.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠203.8°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 30 May 2083 at 23:07 in ♏ Scorpio 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 12 June 2083 at 22:19 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 395 404 km

The Moon is 395 404 km (245 693 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 337 km (252 486 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 4 June 2083 at 11:34 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 19 June 2083 at 01:15 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 1 June 2083 at 05:43 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.909° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.886° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 June 2083 at 05:35 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 15 June 2083 at 09:37 in ♊ Gemini 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