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

Waning Gibbous in Virgo

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 69% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57.

Wolf Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2007 after 23 days on 2 February 2007 at 05:45.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1951".

Lunation 86 / 1039

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 86 of Meeus index or 1039 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 46 minutes longer 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠276.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠276.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠308.6°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 28 December 2006 at 01:48 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 January 2007 at 16:26 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 942 km

The Moon is 404 942 km (251 619 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 335 km (251 242 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 8 January 2007 at 17:44 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 22 January 2007 at 13:00 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 2 January 2007 at 11:57 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.396° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.448° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 January 2007 at 22:07 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 19 January 2007 at 04:01 in ♑ Capricorn 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