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 65% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.

Cold Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2024 after 23 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1951".

Lunation 296 / 1249

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 296 of Meeus index or 1249 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 25 minutes and it is 1 hour and 23 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 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠303.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠303.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠328°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 1 January 2024 at 15:28 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 404 882 km

The Moon is 404 882 km (251 582 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 264 km (225 100 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 4 January 2024 at 18:52 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 26 December 2023 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.131° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.164° at the point of next southern standstill on 10 January 2024 at 07:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 11 January 2024 at 11:57 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