Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 21 May 2008 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | May 2008

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

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.

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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1895".

Flower Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2008 after 28 days on 18 June 2008 at 17:30.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 28 May 2008 at 02:57
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 3 June 2008 at 19:23
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 10 June 2008 at 15:04
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 18 June 2008 at 17:30

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.

Lunation 103 / 1056

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 103 of Meeus index or 1056 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.29 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes. It is 8 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the 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 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 29 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠349.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.4°.

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 20 May 2008 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2008 at 13:08 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 405 082 km

The Moon is 405 082 km (251 706 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 251 km (221 985 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 12 May 2008 at 06:37 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 May 2008 at 21:45 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

13 days since the previous standstill on 8 May 2008 at 01:51 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.625°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.542° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 May 2008 at 04:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 3 June 2008 at 19:23 in ♊ Gemini 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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