Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 September 2018 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Leo.

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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 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 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 ♌ Leo

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

Apparent angular diameter ∠1963"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1905".

Harvest Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2018 after 16 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53.

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 230 / 1183

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 230 of Meeus index or 1183 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 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 4 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 29 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠11.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠11.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠28°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 01:21. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 23 August 2018 at 11:23 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 11 days, until point of next apogee on 20 September 2018 at 00:54 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 361 355 km

This perigee Moon is 361 355 km (224 536 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 153 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 001 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 6 September 2018 at 22:42 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 September 2018 at 09:30 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the previous standstill on 5 September 2018 at 06:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.837°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.909° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 September 2018 at 09:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 9 September 2018 at 18:01 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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