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 68% 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 ∠7° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 12 May 2063 at 13:11.

Flower Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2063 after 23 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43.

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 ∠1771"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1897".

Lunation 783 / 1736

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 783 of Meeus index or 1736 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes and it is 2 hours and 16 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 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠270.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠270.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠301.9°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 6 May 2063 at 19:05 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 19 May 2063 at 21:24 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 404 629 km

The Moon is 404 629 km (251 425 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 086 km (251 087 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 7 May 2063 at 10:50 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 May 2063 at 05:36 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 15 May 2063 at 05:16 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.173° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.118° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 May 2063 at 11:44 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 28 May 2063 at 01:47 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