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

Waning Gibbous in Virgo

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 95% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 17 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 19 February 2019 at 15:53.

Snow Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2019 after 27 days on 21 March 2019 at 01:43.

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 ∠1954"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1954" and ∠1940".

Lunation 236 / 1189

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 236 of Meeus index or 1189 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute and it is 2 hours and 13 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 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠175.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠175.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠200.2°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 19 February 2019 at 09:06 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 March 2019 at 11:25 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 366 848 km

The Moon is 366 848 km (227 949 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 391 km (252 520 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 17 February 2019 at 09:42 in ♋ Cancer 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 2 March 2019 at 11:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 16 February 2019 at 09:56 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.590° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.642° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 March 2019 at 06:23 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 6 March 2019 at 16:04 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