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 97% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.

Hunter Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2020 after 27 days on 30 November 2020 at 09:30.

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 ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1934".

Lunation 257 / 1210

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 257 of Meeus index or 1210 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 36 minutes and it is 1 hour and 33 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 8 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠357°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠357° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 30 October 2020 at 18:46 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 November 2020 at 11:48 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 402 496 km

The Moon is 402 496 km (250 099 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 839 km (222 351 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 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 4 November 2020 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 22 October 2020 at 02:00 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.708° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.813° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 November 2020 at 19:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 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 12 days

In 12 days on 15 November 2020 at 05:07 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