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

Waning Gibbous in Leo

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 67% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 20 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 25 November 2015 at 22:44.

Beaver Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 23 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.

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 ∠1808"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1808" and ∠1946".

Lunation 196 / 1149

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes and it is 1 hour and 41 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 3 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠220.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠220.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠255.6°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 23 November 2015 at 20:06 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 December 2015 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 396 496 km

The Moon is 396 496 km (246 371 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 800 km (251 531 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 21 November 2015 at 13:56 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 December 2015 at 18:33 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.384° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.438° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 December 2015 at 08:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 11 December 2015 at 10:29 in ♐ Sagittarius 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