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

Waning Gibbous in Scorpio

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 85% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 18 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 16 March 2014 at 17:09.

Worm Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2014 after 25 days on 15 April 2014 at 07:42.

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 ∠1892"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1926".

Lunation 175 / 1128

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 175 of Meeus index or 1128 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes and it is 45 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 1 hour and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠25.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠25.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠46.9°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 11 March 2014 at 19:46 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 March 2014 at 18:30 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 378 898 km

The Moon is 378 898 km (235 436 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 706 km (227 239 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 19 March 2014 at 06:30 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 1 April 2014 at 02:30 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 8 March 2014 at 22:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.084° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.997° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 March 2014 at 07:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 30 March 2014 at 18:45 in ♈ Aries 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