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

Waning Gibbous in Aries

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 96% 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 in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 11 September 2049 at 17:04.

Harvest Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2049 after 27 days on 11 October 2049 at 02:53.

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1907"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1907" and ∠1908".

Lunation 614 / 1567

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 614 of Meeus index or 1567 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 46 minutes and it is 36 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠210.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠210.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠241.4°.

Moon after perigee

3 days since point of perigee on 10 September 2049 at 00:14 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 September 2049 at 00:05 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 375 963 km

The Moon is 375 963 km (233 613 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 133 km (251 738 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 4 September 2049 at 10:20 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 17 September 2049 at 00:51 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 5 September 2049 at 12:21 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.652° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.544° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 September 2049 at 07:37 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

9 days 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 13 days

In 13 days on 27 September 2049 at 02:05 in ♎ Libra 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