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 90% 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 in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 1 August 2042 at 17:33.

Sturgeon Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2042 after 26 days on 31 August 2042 at 02:02.

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 ∠1962"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1891".

Lunation 526 / 1479

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 526 of Meeus index or 1479 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes and it is 2 hours and 40 minutes shorter 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 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠88.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠88.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠123.3°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 18:09 about 11 days since last apogee on 23 July 2042 at 20:11 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 16 days until point of next apogee on 20 August 2042 at 13:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 365 543 km

This perigee Moon is 365 543 km (227 138 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 035 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 813 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 24 July 2042 at 06:34 in ♎ Libra 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 6 August 2042 at 14:42 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 30 July 2042 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.160° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.226° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 August 2042 at 21:49 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

24 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 11 days

In 11 days on 15 August 2042 at 18:01 in ♌ Leo 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