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 70% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

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

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 5 April 2042 at 14:16.

Pink Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2042 after 23 days on 5 May 2042 at 06:48.

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 ∠1859"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1914".

Lunation 522 / 1475

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 522 of Meeus index or 1475 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 56 minutes and it is 20 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 3 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠359.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠359.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.5°.

Moon after apogee

7 days since point of apogee on 4 April 2042 at 05:51 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 April 2042 at 04:27 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 385 593 km

The Moon is 385 593 km (239 596 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 558 km (222 798 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 6 April 2042 at 12:20 in ♎ Libra 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 19 April 2042 at 21:10 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

14 days since the last northern standstill on 28 March 2042 at 05:49 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.188° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.222° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 April 2042 at 00:33 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 20 April 2042 at 02:19 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