The moon has three-and-a-half days to go until its new phase – the moment, this time, when it will stamp on the sun. The strides of the moon toward its appointment with the sun are shown in the detail above, from the sky-scene illustration in The Under-Standing of Eclipses.
Each morning from now on, you could see it take one stride (of a bit less than an outstretched handspan) nearer to the sun. So you could each morning be up one hour later to see its dwindling crescent.
Bottom line: Sky photos from EarthSky friends, plus insights and charts from astronomer Guy Ottewell, related to the moon’s movement on our sky’s dome toward the August 21, 2017 eclipse.
Astronomer, artist and poet Guy Ottewell's beloved Astronomical Calendar ended its yearly print run in 2016, its 43rd year. Visit Guy’s website UniversalWorkshop.com or his blog at UniversalWorkshop.com/Guysblog. You can also find times for over 600 astronomical events, such as planets’ oppositions and conjunctions, the moon’s phases, eclipses, equinoxes and solstices, meteor showers, and more at https://www.universalworkshop.com/astronomical-calendar-any-year. Guy's stories and art are used here with permission. Thank you, Guy!