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 72% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 30 May 2045 at 17:52.

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2045 after 23 days on 29 June 2045 at 07:16.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1891".

Lunation 561 / 1514

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 561 of Meeus index or 1514 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 38 minutes and it is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠305.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠305.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠328°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 03:25 about 15 days since last perigee on 20 May 2045 at 10:22 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 11 days until point of next perigee on 17 June 2045 at 02:09 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 404 694 km

This apogee Moon is 404 694 km (251 465 mi) away from Earth. It is 714 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 015 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 23:31 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 19 June 2045 at 04:27 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 31 May 2045 at 22:23 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.697° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.696° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 June 2045 at 03:12 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 23:31 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 9 days

In 9 days on 15 June 2045 at 03:05 in ♊ Gemini 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