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

Waning Gibbous in Pisces

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 85% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 6 July 2039 at 02:03.

Buck Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2039 after 25 days on 4 August 2039 at 09:56.

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 ∠1886"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1886" and ∠1887".

Lunation 488 / 1441

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 488 of Meeus index or 1441 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 33 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 1 hour and 49 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠199.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠199.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠226.3°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 4 July 2039 at 20:31 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 July 2039 at 03:14 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 380 073 km

The Moon is 380 073 km (236 166 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 452 km (251 936 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 4 July 2039 at 14:57 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 July 2039 at 06:48 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 5 July 2039 at 22:01 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.696° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.697° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 July 2039 at 22:01 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 21 July 2039 at 07:54 in ♋ Cancer 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