Waning Crescent Moon

A waning crescent moon (appearing to become smaller), the last of the phases of the moon. Depicts the moon as a cratered disc, its left side illuminated in a thin, golden or silver crescent, its remainder dark.

May be used to represent the moon more generally, nighttime, outer space, and astronomy. May also be used to convey enchanting or eerie feelings.

In July 2023 this emoji trended on Emojipedia. This is likely due to it being required to complete developer Neal Agarwal’s viral hit The Password Game.

See also 🌙 Crescent Moon. Not to be confused with 🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon, though their applications may overlap. Used as part of the Moon Emoji Creep meme.

Samsung’s design once resembled a full moon with stars and previously displayed as a waning crescent moon in a night sky with stars.

Waning Crescent Moon was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 under the name "Waning Crescent Moon Symbol" and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.