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

Waning Gibbous in Leo

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 97% 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 ♌ Leo

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

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.

Wolf Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 28 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.

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 ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1949".

Lunation 297 / 1250

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes and it is 1 hour and 1 minute 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 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠328°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠328° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.9°.

Moon before apogee

14 days since point of perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 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 day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 404 497 km

The Moon is 404 497 km (251 343 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 781 km (252 141 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 17 January 2024 at 14:05 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.203° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.304° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 February 2024 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

9 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 13 days

In 13 days on 9 February 2024 at 22:59 in ♒ Aquarius 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