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

Waning Gibbous in Taurus

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 91% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 17 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 3 October 2066 at 12:25.

Hunter Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2066 after 26 days on 2 November 2066 at 02:13.

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 ∠1805"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1920".

Lunation 825 / 1778

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 825 of Meeus index or 1778 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 55 minutes and it is 32 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 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠272.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠272.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠304.7°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 27 September 2066 at 12:48 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 October 2066 at 18:32 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 397 088 km

The Moon is 397 088 km (246 739 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 214 km (251 167 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 26 September 2066 at 15:21 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 10 October 2066 at 02:19 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 25 September 2066 at 13:22 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.274° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.153° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 October 2066 at 22:14 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 12 days

In 12 days on 19 October 2066 at 01:42 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