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 64% 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.

Snow Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 23 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.

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 ∠1784"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1784" and ∠1936".

Lunation 199 / 1152

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 199 of Meeus index or 1152 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 47 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠319.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠319.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠339.5°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 401 885 km

The Moon is 401 885 km (249 720 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 509 km (223 389 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 24 February 2016 at 06:10 in ♍ Virgo 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 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 17 February 2016 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.254° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.210° at the point of next southern standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 9 March 2016 at 01:54 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