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 99% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 15 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 passing about ∠22° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 28 February 2010 at 16:38.

Snow Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2010 after 28 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25.

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 ∠1955"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1936".

Lunation 125 / 1078

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 125 of Meeus index or 1078 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 10 minutes and it is 2 hours and 42 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 5 hours and 26 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 37 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠188.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠188.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠215.2°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 27 February 2010 at 21:40 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 March 2010 at 10:07 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 366 688 km

The Moon is 366 688 km (227 849 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 011 km (252 284 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 25 February 2010 at 09:11 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 10 March 2010 at 08:07 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 23 February 2010 at 06:00 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.657° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.566° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 March 2010 at 21:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 15 March 2010 at 21:01 in ♓ Pisces 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