Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 January 2006 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | January 2006

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

Waning Gibbous 86% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48.

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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2006 after 25 days on 13 February 2006 at 04:44.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 74 / 1027

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 74 of Meeus index or 1027 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes. It is 47 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the 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 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 28 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠329.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠329.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 17 January 2006 at 19:07 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2006 at 07:47 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 404 938 km

The Moon is 404 938 km (251 617 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 781 km (222 315 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 6 January 2006 at 05:01 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 January 2006 at 12:06 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

12 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 12 January 2006 at 13:12 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.410°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.492° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 January 2006 at 00:14 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 29 January 2006 at 14:15 in ♒ Aquarius 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.

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