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

Waning Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 25 May 2070 at 01:37.

Flower Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2070 after 28 days on 23 June 2070 at 16:57.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1894".

Lunation 870 / 1823

The Moon is 16 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 870 of Meeus index or 1823 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 16 minutes and it is 26 minutes longer 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠350.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠350.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠5.3°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 25 May 2070 at 10:55 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 8 June 2070 at 10:48 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 404 922 km

The Moon is 404 922 km (251 607 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 376 km (222 063 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 21 May 2070 at 18:54 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 June 2070 at 03:55 in ♈ Aries.

Moon at southern standstill

At 17:02 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.834°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.846° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 9 June 2070 at 03:14.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 8 June 2070 at 18:24 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