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

Waning Crescent in Libra

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 5 November 2088 at 19:22.

Beaver Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2088 after 17 days on 28 November 2088 at 14:18.

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 ∠1833"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1833" and ∠1939".

Lunation 1098 / 2051

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1098 of Meeus index or 2051 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 52 minutes and it is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 8 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 55 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠96.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠96.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠131.6°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 1 November 2088 at 14:54 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 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 November 2088 at 14:57 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 391 079 km

The Moon is 391 079 km (243 005 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 757 km (252 126 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 08:03 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 25 November 2088 at 20:19 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 2 November 2088 at 06:05 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.864° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.899° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 November 2088 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.

New draconic month

At 08:03 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 1 day

In 1 day on 13 November 2088 at 06:32 in ♏ Scorpio 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