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 72% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 1 May 2026 at 17:23.

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 23 days on 31 May 2026 at 08:45.

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 ∠1785"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1901".

Lunation 325 / 1278

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 325 of Meeus index or 1278 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes and it is 1 hour and 16 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 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠330.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠330.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 4 May 2026 at 22:30 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 17 May 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 401 560 km

The Moon is 401 560 km (249 518 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 074 km (222 497 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 26 April 2026 at 14:36 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 11 May 2026 at 04:36 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 5 May 2026 at 11:35 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.109° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.051° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

23 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 9 days

In 9 days on 16 May 2026 at 20:01 in ♉ Taurus 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