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

Waning Gibbous in Scorpio

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 78% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 19 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.

Worm Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2003 after 25 days on 16 April 2003 at 19:36.

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.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1926".

Lunation 39 / 992

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 39 of Meeus index or 992 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 44 minutes and it is 12 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠127.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠127.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠157.7°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 19 March 2003 at 18:57 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 April 2003 at 04:31 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 364 715 km

The Moon is 364 715 km (226 623 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 211 km (252 408 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 17:37 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 5 April 2003 at 21:41 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.158° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.258° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 March 2003 at 11:01 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 1 April 2003 at 19:19 in ♈ Aries 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