Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 16 September 2026 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 11 September 2026 at 03:27.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2026 after 10 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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 330 of Meeus index or 1283 from Brown series.
Length of current 330 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 23 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than next lunation 331 length.
Length of current synodic month is 21 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 48 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠61.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠94.5°. 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 perigee on 6 September 2026 at 20:26 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 September 2026 at 03:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 401 890 km (249 723 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 217 km (251 169 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 9 September 2026 at 19:17 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 September 2026 at 02:40 in ♒ Aquarius.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 5 September 2026 at 06:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.109°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.065° in the next southern standstill on 18 September 2026 at 18:54 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 26 September 2026 at 16:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.