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

Waning Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 77% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 19 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 ♐ Sagittarius

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

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 4 April 2015 at 12:06.

Pink Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2015 after 24 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.

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 ∠1872"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1872" and ∠1916".

Lunation 188 / 1141

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 188 of Meeus index or 1141 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 21 minutes and it is 5 minutes longer 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 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 46 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠9.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠9.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.1°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 1 April 2015 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo 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 17 April 2015 at 03:53 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 382 871 km

The Moon is 382 871 km (237 905 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 026 km (224 331 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 4 April 2015 at 03:17 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 17 April 2015 at 13:07 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

13 days since the last northern standstill on 26 March 2015 at 14:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.241° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-18.250° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 April 2015 at 07:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

5 days 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 9 days

In 9 days on 18 April 2015 at 18:57 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