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

Waning Gibbous in Cancer

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 90% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 17 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 8 December 2022 at 04:08.

Cold Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 26 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".

Lunation 283 / 1236

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes and it is 44 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠325.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠325.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠344.3°.

Moon before apogee

15 days since point of perigee on 26 November 2022 at 01:30 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 405 499 km

The Moon is 405 499 km (251 965 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 869 km (252 195 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 5 December 2022 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 9 December 2022 at 21:22 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.432° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.418° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

5 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 11 days

In 11 days on 23 December 2022 at 10:17 in ♑ Capricorn 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