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

Waning Gibbous in Capricorn

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 96% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 16 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.

Strawberry Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2015 after 27 days on 2 July 2015 at 02:20.

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 ∠1897"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1897" and ∠1891".

Lunation 190 / 1143

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 190 of Meeus index or 1143 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes and it is 1 hour and 27 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 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠48.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠48.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠78.1°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 June 2015 at 04:39 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 377 889 km

The Moon is 377 889 km (234 809 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 713 km (229 729 mi).

Moon before descending node

6 days after ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 June 2015 at 23:30 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 3 June 2015 at 21:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.440° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.457° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 June 2015 at 19:47 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

6 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 12 days

In 12 days on 16 June 2015 at 14:05 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.

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