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

Waning Gibbous in Aquarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99% 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 is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 10 July 2044 at 06:22.

Buck Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2044 after 28 days on 8 August 2044 at 21:14.

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 ∠1779"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1887".

Lunation 550 / 1503

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 550 of Meeus index or 1503 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 46 minutes and it is 1 hour and 10 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 5 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠0.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠0.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠16°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 8 July 2044 at 20:57 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 July 2044 at 18:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 402 816 km

The Moon is 402 816 km (250 298 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 737 km (222 909 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 30 June 2044 at 02:39 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 July 2044 at 16:24 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 8 July 2044 at 11:13 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.308° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.369° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 July 2044 at 09:09 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 24 July 2044 at 17:10 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