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

Waning Crescent in Scorpio

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 33% 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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 15 January 2088 at 15:13.

Snow Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2088 after 20 days on 6 February 2088 at 21:33.

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 ∠1773"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1950".

Lunation 1088 / 2041

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1088 of Meeus index or 2041 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes and it is 2 hours and 25 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 5 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠208.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠208.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠241.2°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 6 January 2088 at 19:17 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 January 2088 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 404 364 km

The Moon is 404 364 km (251 260 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 230 km (251 798 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 02:46 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 31 January 2088 at 03:49 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 6 January 2088 at 13:10 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.031° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.974° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 January 2088 at 07:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.

New draconic month

At 02:46 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 6 days

In 6 days on 23 January 2088 at 19:38 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