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 23% 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 in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 24 November 2089 at 23:18.

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2089 after 20 days on 17 December 2089 at 15:37.

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 ∠1940"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1945".

Lunation 1111 / 2064

The Moon is 24 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1111 of Meeus index or 2064 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 17 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 1 hour and 32 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 30 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠64.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠64.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 22 November 2089 at 17:03 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 December 2089 at 04:46 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 369 534 km

The Moon is 369 534 km (229 618 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 778 km (251 517 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 10:18 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 11 December 2089 at 15:27 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 20 November 2089 at 09:39 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.377° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.433° at the point of next southern standstill on 3 December 2089 at 12:44 in ♐ Sagittarius.

New draconic month

At 10:18 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 4 days

In 4 days on 2 December 2089 at 03:11 in ♐ Sagittarius 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