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 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 9 January 2094 at 21:36.

Wolf Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2094 after 17 days on 31 January 2094 at 12:36.

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 ∠1941"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1941" and ∠1951".

Lunation 1162 / 2115

The Moon is 26 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1162 of Meeus index or 2115 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes and it is 40 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2094. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 26 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠335.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠335.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠352.5°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 4 January 2094 at 09:27 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 January 2094 at 05:33 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 369 247 km

The Moon is 369 247 km (229 439 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 139 km (221 916 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 2 January 2094 at 02:47 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 16 January 2094 at 02:40 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 1 January 2094 at 17:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.474° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.474° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 January 2094 at 19:36 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 16 January 2094 at 19:05 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