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 25% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 19 January 2085 at 01:26.

Snow Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2085 after 19 days on 9 February 2085 at 18:24.

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 ∠1920"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1950".

Lunation 1051 / 2004

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1051 of Meeus index or 2004 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute and it is 34 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2085. 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 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠345.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠345.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠0.9°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 12 January 2085 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo 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 25 January 2085 at 18:46 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 373 399 km

The Moon is 373 399 km (232 019 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 735 km (221 665 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 10 January 2085 at 01:55 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 January 2085 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

13 days since the last northern standstill on 8 January 2085 at 06:01 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.917° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-24.889° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 January 2085 at 16:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

24 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 4 days

In 4 days on 25 January 2085 at 20:06 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