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

Waning Gibbous in Virgo

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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 February 2022 at 16:57.

Snow Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2022 after 27 days on 18 March 2022 at 07:17.

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 ∠1864"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1864" and ∠1941".

Lunation 273 / 1226

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 273 of Meeus index or 1226 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 49 minutes and it is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠32°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠32° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠56.3°.

Moon after apogee

7 days since point of apogee on 11 February 2022 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 26 February 2022 at 22:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 384 536 km

The Moon is 384 536 km (238 940 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 787 km (228 532 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 9 February 2022 at 06:12 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 12 February 2022 at 16:45 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.444° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.559° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 February 2022 at 06:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 2 March 2022 at 17:35 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.

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