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 91% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 17 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 ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 18 June 2046 at 13:10.

Strawberry Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2046 after 26 days on 18 July 2046 at 00:55.

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 ∠1803"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1803" and ∠1888".

Lunation 574 / 1527

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 574 of Meeus index or 1527 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 29 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 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠274°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠274° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠304.9°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 12 June 2046 at 03:54 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 June 2046 at 16:40 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 397 532 km

The Moon is 397 532 km (247 015 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 192 km (251 153 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 10:29 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 5 July 2046 at 15:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 18 June 2046 at 02:43 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.680° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.701° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 July 2046 at 13:24 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 10:29 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 12 days

In 12 days on 4 July 2046 at 01:39 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