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

Waning Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 89% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 19 April 2019 at 11:12.

Pink Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2019 after 26 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11.

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 ∠1850"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1909".

Lunation 238 / 1191

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 238 of Meeus index or 1191 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and it is 2 hours and 39 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 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠228.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠228.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠263°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 16 April 2019 at 22:02 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 April 2019 at 18:20 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 387 416 km

The Moon is 387 416 km (240 729 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 577 km (251 392 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 12 April 2019 at 18:08 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 April 2019 at 15:02 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 11 April 2019 at 23:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.016° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.125° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 April 2019 at 21:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

9 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 12 days

In 12 days on 4 May 2019 at 22:45 in ♉ Taurus 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