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

Waning Crescent in Sagittarius

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 9% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 2 January 2092 at 09:07.

Wolf Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2092 after 18 days on 24 January 2092 at 14:55.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1951".

Lunation 1137 / 2090

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1137 of Meeus index or 2090 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 43 minutes and it is 1 hour and 43 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠20.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠20.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠40.9°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 12:22 about 16 days since last apogee on 21 December 2091 at 10:59 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next apogee on 18 January 2092 at 05:57 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 364 495 km

This perigee Moon is 364 495 km (226 487 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 987 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 861 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 29 December 2091 at 20:00 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 11 January 2092 at 13:52 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 26 December 2091 at 05:43 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.486° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-19.466° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 January 2092 at 08:40 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 9 January 2092 at 01:37 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