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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 20% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 25 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 17 February 2085 at 14:47.

Worm Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2085 after 19 days on 11 March 2085 at 12:26.

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 ∠1962"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1940".

Lunation 1052 / 2005

The Moon is 25 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1052 of Meeus index or 2005 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 26 minutes and it is 21 minutes longer 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 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠0.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠0.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠16.7°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 8 February 2085 at 04:48 in ♌ Leo 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 23 February 2085 at 06:52 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 365 403 km

The Moon is 365 403 km (227 051 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 586 km (222 815 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 11:49 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 5 March 2085 at 09:49 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 19 February 2085 at 01:45 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.747° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.652° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 March 2085 at 19:04 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 11:49 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 24 February 2085 at 06:32 in ♓ Pisces 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