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

Waning Gibbous in Aries

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 10 September 2041 at 09:24.

Harvest Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2041 after 28 days on 9 October 2041 at 18:03.

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 ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1907".

Lunation 515 / 1468

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 515 of Meeus index or 1468 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.68 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes and it is 24 minutes shorter 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 3 hours and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 22 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠176.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠176.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠200.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 10 September 2041 at 02:12 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 23 September 2041 at 04:59 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 365 037 km

The Moon is 365 037 km (226 823 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 361 km (252 501 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 1 September 2041 at 00:51 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 September 2041 at 16:25 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 5 September 2041 at 12:54 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.620° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.700° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 September 2041 at 03:03 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 25 September 2041 at 08:41 in ♎ Libra 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