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

Waning Gibbous in Capricorn

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 80% 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 24 April 2005 at 10:06.

Pink Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2005 after 25 days on 23 May 2005 at 20:18.

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 ∠1960"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1905".

Lunation 65 / 1018

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 65 of Meeus index or 1018 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes and it is 57 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 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠62.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠62.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠96.6°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 16 April 2005 at 18:41 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 29 April 2005 at 09:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 365 702 km

The Moon is 365 702 km (227 237 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 029 km (229 304 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 23 April 2005 at 13:30 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 6 May 2005 at 10:56 in ♈ Aries.

Moon at southern standstill

At 15:55 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.359°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.317° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 12 May 2005 at 00:42.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 8 May 2005 at 08:45 in ♉ Taurus 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