Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 31 August 2026 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 28 August 2026 at 04:18.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1906" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2026 after 26 days on 26 September 2026 at 16:49.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 329 of Meeus index or 1282 from Brown series.
Length of current 329 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 50 minutes. It is 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter than next lunation 330 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 54 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 15 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠36.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠61.3°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 22 August 2026 at 08:20 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 September 2026 at 20:26 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 376 091 km (233 692 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 255 km (228 823 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 27 August 2026 at 18:47 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 September 2026 at 19:17 in ♌ Leo.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 22 August 2026 at 10:59 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.123°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.109° in the next northern standstill on 5 September 2026 at 06:12 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 11 September 2026 at 03:27 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.