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

Waning Gibbous in Pisces

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 15 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 is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 15 August 2019 at 12:29.

Sturgeon Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2019 after 28 days on 14 September 2019 at 04:33.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1895".

Lunation 242 / 1195

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 242 of Meeus index or 1195 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 25 minutes and it is 24 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2019. 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 5 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠340.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356.3°.

Moon before apogee

14 days since point of perigee on 2 August 2019 at 07:08 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 August 2019 at 10:50 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 405 300 km

The Moon is 405 300 km (251 842 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 244 km (252 428 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 12 August 2019 at 14:45 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 27 August 2019 at 01:50 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 12 August 2019 at 04:28 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.399° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.473° at the point of next northern standstill on 26 August 2019 at 17:53 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 30 August 2019 at 10:37 in ♍ Virgo 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