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 84% 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 ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 13 September 2076 at 00:38.

Harvest Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2076 after 25 days on 12 October 2076 at 09:37.

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 ∠1894"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1894" and ∠1909".

Lunation 948 / 1901

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 948 of Meeus index or 1901 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 44 minutes and it is 21 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2076. 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 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠193.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠193.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠219.7°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 12 September 2076 at 01:19 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 September 2076 at 11:16 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 378 433 km

The Moon is 378 433 km (235 147 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 798 km (252 151 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 6 September 2076 at 23:25 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 19 September 2076 at 11:58 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 8 September 2076 at 07:25 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.585° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.689° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 September 2076 at 02:19 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 28 September 2076 at 05:27 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