Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 28 February 2024 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 86% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.

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.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1786"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1937".

Snow Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2024 after 25 days on 25 March 2024 at 07:00.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Sagittarius ♐ on 3 March 2024 at 15:24
  • New Moon in Pisces ♓ on 10 March 2024 at 09:00
  • First Quarter in Gemini ♊ on 17 March 2024 at 04:11
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 25 March 2024 at 07:00

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.

Lunation 298 / 1251

The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 298 of Meeus index or 1251 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 1 minute. It is 41 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the 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 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠345.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠345.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠1.4°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 25 February 2024 at 15:00 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 10 March 2024 at 07:06 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 401 287 km

The Moon is 401 287 km (249 348 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 895 km (221 764 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 27 February 2024 at 22:53 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 12 March 2024 at 01:18 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the previous standstill on 19 February 2024 at 08:47 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.376°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.477° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 March 2024 at 02:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 10 March 2024 at 09:00 in ♓ Pisces 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.

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