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 69% 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 ∠25° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.

Worm Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 24 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.

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 ∠1803"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1803" and ∠1933".

Lunation 224 / 1177

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes and it is 3 hours and 20 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 22 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠227.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠227.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠262.6°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 397 586 km

The Moon is 397 586 km (247 048 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 682 km (251 458 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 14 March 2018 at 03:48 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.056° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.112° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 March 2018 at 06:39 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 17 March 2018 at 13:12 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