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 86% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 18 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 ∠11° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.

Worm Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2017 after 25 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.

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 ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1928".

Lunation 212 / 1165

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes and it is 2 hours and 40 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 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠295°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠295° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.4°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 403 550 km

The Moon is 403 550 km (250 754 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 651 km (251 438 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.861° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.912° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 March 2017 at 05:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

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 11 days

In 11 days on 28 March 2017 at 02:57 in ♈ Aries 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