Waning Crescent

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Day of Lunar Cycle


Synodic Position

Between Western Quadrature and Conjunction

Angle of Sun-Earth-Moon

The Moon lies from 90° to 0° to the west of the Sun

Illuminated side

Turned mostly away from Earth

Near side

Mostly dark

Overlap between near side and illuminated side


Proportion of whole Moon that is both illuminated and near


Which part of the near side is illuminated?

Eastward or Left side (facing south)

Where visible at sunset?

Not visible. Sets ahead of the sun, now below the western horizon.

Where visible at midnight?

Not visible. Beneath eastern horizon.

Where visible at sunrise?

Ahead of the sun (higher) in the east.

Where visible at noon?

Above the western horizon.

Meridian Transit

Between sunrise and noon.

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