Crescent ♍ Virgo
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 23 September 2016 at 09:56.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 17 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.
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.
The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 206 of Meeus index or 1159 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠144.6°.
9 days after point of perigee on 18 September 2016 at 17:00 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 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 391 932 km (243 535 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 100 km (252 339 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 22:06 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces.
At 22:06 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
4 days since the previous standstill on 23 September 2016 at 16:44 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.475°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.546° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 2 days on 1 October 2016 at 00:12 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.