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

Waning Gibbous in Capricorn

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 97% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 8 June 2066 at 02:31.

Strawberry Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2066 after 27 days on 7 July 2066 at 09:34.

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 ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1890".

Lunation 821 / 1774

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 821 of Meeus index or 1774 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.65 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 37 minutes and it is 18 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2066. 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 53 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 10 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠160.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠160.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠183.2°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 8 June 2066 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 June 2066 at 10:28 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 363 679 km

The Moon is 363 679 km (225 980 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 486 km (252 579 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 12:08 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 23 June 2066 at 09:49 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 8 June 2066 at 04:59 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.723° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.724° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 June 2066 at 17:22 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 12:08 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 13 days

In 13 days on 22 June 2066 at 19:15 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