Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 37% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 4 September 2026 at 07:51.
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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2026 after 21 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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 329 of Meeus index or 1282 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 50 minutes. It is 2 hours and 33 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 54 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 15 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠36.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠61.3°.
14 days after point of apogee on 22 August 2026 at 08:20 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 September 2026 at 20:26 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 363 297 km (225 742 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 255 km (228 823 mi).
8 days after ascending node on 27 August 2026 at 18:47 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 9 September 2026 at 19:17 in ♌ Leo.
8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 06:12 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.109°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.065° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 18 September 2026 at 18:54.
In 5 days on 11 September 2026 at 03:27 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.