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

Waning Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 2 June 2034 at 03:54.

Strawberry Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2034 after 28 days on 1 July 2034 at 17:44.

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 ∠1796"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1891".

Lunation 425 / 1378

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 425 of Meeus index or 1378 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 13 minutes and it is 36 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2034. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit 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 5 hours and 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠25.4°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 30 May 2034 at 11:23 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 June 2034 at 21:42 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 399 188 km

The Moon is 399 188 km (248 044 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 644 km (224 094 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 27 May 2034 at 04:57 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 June 2034 at 13:46 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 15:58 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.405°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.417° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 16 June 2034 at 18:29.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 16 June 2034 at 10:26 in ♊ Gemini 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