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

Waning Gibbous in Cancer

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 61% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08.

Hunter Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2019 after 23 days on 12 November 2019 at 13:34.

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 ∠1914"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1914" and ∠1927".

Lunation 244 / 1197

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 244 of Meeus index or 1197 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.38 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes and it is 2 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠11.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠11.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠28.3°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 10 October 2019 at 18:29 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 October 2019 at 10:41 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 374 488 km

The Moon is 374 488 km (232 696 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 316 km (224 511 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 07:28 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 1 November 2019 at 21:40 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at northern standstill

At 08:07 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠22.947°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-23.047° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 2 November 2019 at 00:33.

New draconic month

At 07:28 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 28 October 2019 at 03:38 in ♏ Scorpio 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