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

Waning Gibbous in Taurus

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 97% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.

Hunter Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 28 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1926".

Lunation 207 / 1160

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.73 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes and it is 1 hour and 13 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠144.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠144.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠170.6°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 16 October 2016 at 23:36 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 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 363 330 km

The Moon is 363 330 km (225 763 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 660 km (252 687 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.546° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.619° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

18 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 13 days

In 13 days on 30 October 2016 at 17:38 in ♏ Scorpio 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