Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 31 August 2016 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | August 2016

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

Waning Crescent 1% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 25 August 2016 at 03:41.

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 ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1840"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1901".

Harvest Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 16 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 205 / 1158

The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the 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 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠77.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.8°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 389 592 km

The Moon is 389 592 km (242 081 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 059 km (251 692 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the previous standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.455°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.451° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 September 2016 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 1 September 2016 at 09:03 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.

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