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

Waning Gibbous in Gemini

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 89% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 18 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 2 November 2066 at 02:13.

Beaver Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2066 after 26 days on 1 December 2066 at 19:16.

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 ∠1775"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1936".

Lunation 826 / 1779

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 826 of Meeus index or 1779 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 23 minutes and it is 11 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 21 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 48 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠304.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠304.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠328.7°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 22 October 2066 at 18:37 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 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 November 2066 at 14:36 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 403 875 km

The Moon is 403 875 km (250 956 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 915 km (251 603 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 23 October 2066 at 16:14 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 November 2066 at 05:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon at northern standstill

At 05:38 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠23.974°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-23.944° at the point of next southern standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 19 November 2066 at 02:52.

Draconic month

12 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 17 November 2066 at 13:06 in ♏ Scorpio 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