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

Waning Crescent in Capricorn

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 9 January 2094 at 21:36.

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2094 after 16 days on 31 January 2094 at 12:36.

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 ∠1958"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1951".

Lunation 1162 / 2115

The Moon is 28 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

11 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 January 2094 at 05:33 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 366 167 km

The Moon is 366 167 km (227 526 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 139 km (221 916 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 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 at southern standstill

At 19:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-22.474°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2094. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠22.474° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 28 January 2094 at 23:58.

Draconic month

13 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 1 day

In 1 day 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