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

Waning Gibbous in Capricorn

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 96% 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 in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 24 June 2021 at 18:40.

Strawberry Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2021 after 27 days on 24 July 2021 at 02:37.

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 ∠1921"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1921" and ∠1887".

Lunation 265 / 1218

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 265 of Meeus index or 1218 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 24 minutes and it is 1 hour and 50 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 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠202.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠202.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠230.1°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 23 June 2021 at 09:58 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 5 July 2021 at 14:48 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 373 198 km

The Moon is 373 198 km (231 894 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 342 km (251 868 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 23 June 2021 at 06:07 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 6 July 2021 at 22:41 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 25 June 2021 at 05:49 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.631° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.622° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 July 2021 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

16 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 13 days

In 13 days on 10 July 2021 at 01:17 in ♋ Cancer 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