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 1% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 20 December 2084 at 08:44.

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2085 after 15 days on 10 January 2085 at 22:42.

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 ∠1952"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1951".

Lunation 1050 / 2003

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1050 of Meeus index or 2003 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes and it is 28 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠326.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠326.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.2°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 15 December 2084 at 20:52 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 December 2084 at 05:57 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 367 289 km

The Moon is 367 289 km (228 223 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 219 km (222 587 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 13 December 2084 at 19:14 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 27 December 2084 at 16:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at southern standstill

At 05:43 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-24.910°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠24.917° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 8 January 2085 at 06:01.

Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 27 December 2084 at 09:07 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