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 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 ♉ 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 30 September 2069 at 18:09.

Harvest Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2069 after 26 days on 30 October 2069 at 03:35.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1918".

Lunation 862 / 1815

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 862 of Meeus index or 1815 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 28 minutes and it is 2 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠133.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠133.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠161.2°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 1 October 2069 at 22:56 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 October 2069 at 05:28 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 363 450 km

The Moon is 363 450 km (225 837 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 378 km (252 512 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 2 October 2069 at 12:51 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 16 October 2069 at 05:04 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 22 September 2069 at 21:04 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.361° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.306° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 October 2069 at 17:07 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 15 October 2069 at 04:03 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