Waning Crescent Moon
Waning Crescent MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Waning Crescent in Leo

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 6% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 27 days old.

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.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 14 September 2025 at 10:33.

Hunter Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2025 after 17 days on 7 October 2025 at 03:47.

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1851"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1911".

Lunation 317 / 1270

The Moon is 27 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 317 of Meeus index or 1270 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 48 minutes and it is 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠93°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠93° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.7°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 10 September 2025 at 12:09 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 26 September 2025 at 09:46 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 387 226 km

The Moon is 387 226 km (240 611 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 552 km (251 998 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 7 September 2025 at 23:08 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 September 2025 at 23:13 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 14 September 2025 at 21:23 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.630° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.599° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 September 2025 at 06:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 21 September 2025 at 19:54 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov