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 84% 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 ∠10° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 10 July 2044 at 06:22.

Buck Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2044 after 25 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 ∠1825"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1825" and ∠1888".

Lunation 550 / 1503

The Moon is 18 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

5 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 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 July 2044 at 18:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 392 833 km

The Moon is 392 833 km (244 095 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 737 km (222 909 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 16:24 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 27 July 2044 at 09:02 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

6 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 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.369° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 July 2044 at 09:09 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 16:24 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 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