Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 1 May 2048 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 87% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1904".

Pink Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2048 after 26 days on 27 May 2048 at 18:57.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 5 May 2048 at 02:22
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 12 May 2048 at 20:58
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 21 May 2048 at 00:16
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 27 May 2048 at 18:57

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 597 / 1550

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 597 of Meeus index or 1550 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.65 days

Length of current 597 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 38 minutes. It is 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 598 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠135.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠163°. 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°).

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 29 April 2048 at 14:29 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 May 2048 at 17:19 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 363 802 km

Moon is 363 802 km (226 056 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 299 km (252 462 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 18:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 15 May 2048 at 20:07 in ♊ Gemini.

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New draconic month

At 18:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon in southern standstill

At 02:39 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-23.803°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠23.751° in its northern standstill point on 15 May 2048 at 00:49 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 12 May 2048 at 20:58 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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