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

Waning Gibbous in Cancer

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 87% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 18 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 6 December 2033 at 07:22.

Cold Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2034 after 26 days on 4 January 2034 at 19:47.

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 ∠1862"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1862" and ∠1948".

Lunation 419 / 1372

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 419 of Meeus index or 1372 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.71 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 7 minutes and it is 1 hour and 52 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠217.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠217.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠252°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 4 December 2033 at 08:06 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 December 2033 at 03:29 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 384 982 km

The Moon is 384 982 km (239 217 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 906 km (251 597 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 1 December 2033 at 23:03 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 15 December 2033 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 7 December 2033 at 04:42 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.469° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.491° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 December 2033 at 14:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 21 December 2033 at 18:47 in ♐ Sagittarius 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