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

Waning Gibbous in Gemini

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 74% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 19 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05.

Hunter Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 24 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.

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 ∠1801"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1920".

Lunation 256 / 1209

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 256 of Meeus index or 1209 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.35 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes and it is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠341.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠341.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠357°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 October 2020 at 23:46 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 398 075 km

The Moon is 398 075 km (247 352 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 913 km (221 775 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 23 September 2020 at 12:33 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 October 2020 at 00:29 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 24 September 2020 at 19:11 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.458° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.613° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 October 2020 at 13:07 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 16 October 2020 at 19:31 in ♎ Libra 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