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

Waning Gibbous in Pisces

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 74% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.

Strawberry Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2016 after 24 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57.

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 ∠1923"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1888".

Lunation 203 / 1156

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 203 of Meeus index or 1156 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 43 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 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠27.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠27.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠48.9°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 15 June 2016 at 12:00 in ♎ Libra 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 1 July 2016 at 06:45 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 372 727 km

The Moon is 372 727 km (231 602 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 983 km (227 411 mi).

Moon before descending node

13 days after ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 26 June 2016 at 05:28 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 20 June 2016 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.610° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.598° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 July 2016 at 20:06 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

13 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 4 July 2016 at 11:01 in ♋ Cancer 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