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

Waning Gibbous in Virgo

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 73% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 4 January 2053 at 17:46.

Wolf Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2053 after 24 days on 3 February 2053 at 04:57.

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 ∠1868"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1951".

Lunation 655 / 1608

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 655 of Meeus index or 1608 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 57 minutes and it is 1 hour and 38 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 6 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠190.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠190.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠217.6°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 3 January 2053 at 21:39 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 January 2053 at 07:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 383 775 km

The Moon is 383 775 km (238 467 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 076 km (252 324 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 21:36 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 24 January 2053 at 11:46 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 3 January 2053 at 18:58 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.398° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.367° at the point of next southern standstill on 17 January 2053 at 11:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

New draconic month

At 21:36 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 19 January 2053 at 23:12 in ♑ Capricorn 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