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

Waning Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 63% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 21 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 19 March 2049 at 12:23.

Worm Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2049 after 23 days on 18 April 2049 at 01:04.

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 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1923".

Lunation 608 / 1561

The Moon is 21 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 608 of Meeus index or 1561 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 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 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠39.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠39.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠67°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 13 March 2049 at 07:24 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 28 March 2049 at 13:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 365 293 km

The Moon is 365 293 km (226 983 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 231 km (229 430 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 24 March 2049 at 20:47 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 April 2049 at 22:31 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon at southern standstill

At 08:26 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-22.314°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠22.212° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 7 April 2049 at 13:42.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 2 April 2049 at 11:39 in ♈ Aries 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