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 98% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 16 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 7 May 2020 at 10:45.

Flower Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 28 days on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.

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 ∠1936"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1901".

Lunation 251 / 1204

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 251 of Meeus index or 1204 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 13 minutes and it is 2 hours and 10 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 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 34 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠201.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠201.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠229.8°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 6 May 2020 at 03:03 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 May 2020 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 370 321 km

The Moon is 370 321 km (230 107 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 584 km (252 018 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 27 April 2020 at 17:54 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 May 2020 at 09:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 28 April 2020 at 15:23 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.935° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.998° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 May 2020 at 06:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 22 May 2020 at 17:39 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