Waning Gibbous Moon
Waning Gibbous MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Waning Gibbous in Cancer

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 68% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 20 days old.

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.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 21 October 2002 at 07:20.

Hunter Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2002 after 23 days on 20 November 2002 at 01:34.

Neap tide

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1861"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1861" and ∠1931".

Lunation 34 / 987

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 34 of Meeus index or 987 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes and it is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠358.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠358.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠14°.

Moon after apogee

7 days since point of apogee on 20 October 2002 at 04:41 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 November 2002 at 00:50 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 385 078 km

The Moon is 385 078 km (239 276 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 154 km (222 547 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 24 October 2002 at 18:18 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 November 2002 at 15:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 06:34 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.735°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.781° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 8 November 2002 at 20:35.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 4 November 2002 at 20:34 in ♏ Scorpio 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.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov