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

Waning Gibbous in Scorpio

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 91% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 17 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 is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 14 March 2025 at 06:55.

Worm Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2025 after 26 days on 13 April 2025 at 00:22.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1928".

Lunation 311 / 1264

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 311 of Meeus index or 1264 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 13 minutes and it is 1 hour and 40 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 2 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠329.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠329.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠346.9°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 16:37 about 15 days since last perigee on 1 March 2025 at 21:18 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next perigee on 30 March 2025 at 05:26 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 405 754 km

This apogee Moon is 405 754 km (252 124 mi) away from Earth. It is 346 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 955 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 14 March 2025 at 13:45 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 28 March 2025 at 16:29 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 7 March 2025 at 15:56 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.710° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.719° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 March 2025 at 06:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 29 March 2025 at 10:58 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