Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 6 September 2018 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | September 2018

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 15% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 15% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 3 September 2018 at 02:37.

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.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1904".

Harvest Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2018 after 18 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 230 / 1183

The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 230 of Meeus index or 1183 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

Length of current 230 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than next lunation 231 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 29 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠11.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠11.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠28°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before perigee

14 days after point of apogee on 23 August 2018 at 11:23 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 September 2018 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 363 338 km

Moon is 363 338 km (225 768 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 355 km (224 536 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 22:42 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 20 September 2018 at 09:30 in ♒ Aquarius.

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New draconic month

At 22:42 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 5 September 2018 at 06:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.837°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.909° in the next southern standstill on 18 September 2018 at 09:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 9 September 2018 at 18:01 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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