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 39% 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 in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 28 September 2097 at 13:39.

Hunter Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2097 after 21 days on 21 October 2097 at 01:23.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1916".

Lunation 1208 / 2161

The Moon is 23 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1208 of Meeus index or 2161 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 12 minutes and it is 3 hours and 11 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 33 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 37 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠47.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠47.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠76.4°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 06:20 about 14 days since last apogee on 14 September 2097 at 20:28 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 13 days until point of next apogee on 12 October 2097 at 16:09 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 369 864 km

This perigee Moon is 369 864 km (229 823 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2097. It is 7 356 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 492 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 24 September 2097 at 02:09 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 October 2097 at 00:55 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 28 September 2097 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.911° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.965° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 October 2097 at 03:02 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

5 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 5 days

In 5 days on 5 October 2097 at 11:45 in ♎ Libra 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