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

Waning Gibbous in Taurus

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 73% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 20 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 10 September 2022 at 09:59.

Harvest Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2022 after 24 days on 9 October 2022 at 20:55.

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 ∠1806"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1908".

Lunation 280 / 1233

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 280 of Meeus index or 1233 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 37 minutes and it is 43 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 53 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 10 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠230.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠230.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠265.5°.

Moon before apogee

7 days since point of perigee on 7 September 2022 at 18:17 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 September 2022 at 14:44 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 396 820 km

The Moon is 396 820 km (246 573 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 556 km (251 379 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 14 September 2022 at 14:49 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 September 2022 at 23:43 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 5 September 2022 at 13:56 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.219° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.316° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 September 2022 at 22:10 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

1 day 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 10 days

In 10 days on 25 September 2022 at 21:54 in ♍ Virgo 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