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

Waning Gibbous in Gemini

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 16 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 is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 9 November 2003 at 01:14.

Beaver Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 28 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1938".

Lunation 47 / 1000

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 47 of Meeus index or 1000 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes and it is 35 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠344°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠344° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠359.8°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 12:05 about 15 days since last perigee on 26 October 2003 at 11:34 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 13 days until point of next perigee on 23 November 2003 at 23:14 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 406 298 km

This apogee Moon is 406 298 km (252 462 mi) away from Earth. It is 890 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 411 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 9 November 2003 at 09:48 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 23 November 2003 at 06:02 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 29 October 2003 at 23:54 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.091° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.105° at the point of next northern standstill on 13 November 2003 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 23 November 2003 at 22:59 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