Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 28 February 2021 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 27 February 2021 at 08:17.

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.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1937"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1937" and ∠1937".

Snow Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2021 after 28 days on 28 March 2021 at 18:48.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 6 March 2021 at 01:30
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 13 March 2021 at 10:21
  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 21 March 2021 at 14:40
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 28 March 2021 at 18:48

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.

Lunation 261 / 1214

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 261 of Meeus index or 1214 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 55 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠87°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠87°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠124.3°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 18 February 2021 at 10:22 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 370 009 km

The Moon is 370 009 km (229 913 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 422 km (227 063 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 21 February 2021 at 01:44 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2021 at 00:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 23 February 2021 at 00:12 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.056°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.161° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 March 2021 at 20:45 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 13 March 2021 at 10:21 in ♓ Pisces 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.

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