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

Waning Crescent in Aquarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 8% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 26 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 4 March 2089 at 05:05.

Worm Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2089 after 16 days on 26 March 2089 at 09:20.

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 ∠1777"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1777" and ∠1932".

Lunation 1102 / 2055

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1102 of Meeus index or 2055 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.71 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 8 minutes and it is 2 hours and 46 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 4 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠211.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠211.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠244.3°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 7 March 2089 at 02:34 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 March 2089 at 00:07 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 403 323 km

The Moon is 403 323 km (250 613 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 668 km (227 837 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 27 February 2089 at 20:38 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 14 March 2089 at 09:03 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 5 March 2089 at 03:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.545° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.481° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 March 2089 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 12 March 2089 at 08:24 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