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

Waning Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 71% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.

Pink Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 24 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.

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 ∠1944"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1944" and ∠1914".

Lunation 287 / 1240

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes and it is 52 minutes 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 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠34.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠34.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.2°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 368 707 km

The Moon is 368 707 km (229 104 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 967 km (228 644 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

13 days since the last northern standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.898° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.947° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 20 April 2023 at 04:12 in ♈ Aries 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