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 98% 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 ∠3° 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 3 July 2023 at 11:39.

Buck Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 28 days on 1 August 2023 at 18:31.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1887".

Lunation 290 / 1243

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 290 of Meeus index or 1243 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠127.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠127.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.7°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 22:28 about 12 days since last apogee on 22 June 2023 at 18:30 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next apogee on 20 July 2023 at 06:56 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 360 151 km

This perigee Moon is 360 151 km (223 787 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 357 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 205 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 28 June 2023 at 12:22 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 11 July 2023 at 01:23 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 3 July 2023 at 01:23 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.840° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.849° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 July 2023 at 02:40 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

20 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 13 days

In 13 days on 17 July 2023 at 18:32 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