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

Waning Crescent in Cancer

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 38% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 23 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 is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 9 September 2096 at 10:17.

Hunter Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2096 after 21 days on 2 October 2096 at 01:24.

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 ∠1954"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1954" and ∠1906".

Lunation 1195 / 2148

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1195 of Meeus index or 2148 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 10 minutes and it is 3 hours and 8 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 34 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 35 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠76.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠76.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠110.9°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 6 September 2096 at 10:00 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 September 2096 at 03:15 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 366 825 km

The Moon is 366 825 km (227 934 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 898 km (251 592 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 7 September 2096 at 18:11 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 September 2096 at 09:31 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon at northern standstill

At 21:55 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠26.671°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-26.795° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 25 September 2096 at 05:26.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 16 September 2096 at 15:10 in ♍ Virgo 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