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 68% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 20 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 ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 23 August 2078 at 08:11.

Sturgeon Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2078 after 24 days on 21 September 2078 at 17:31.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1900".

Lunation 972 / 1925

The Moon is 20 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 972 of Meeus index or 1925 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 7 minutes and it is 3 hours 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 37 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 32 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠80.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠80.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠115.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 26 August 2078 at 20:12 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 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 September 2078 at 14:50 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 363 298 km

The Moon is 363 298 km (225 743 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 992 km (251 650 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 09:02 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 11 September 2078 at 01:26 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 19 August 2078 at 07:52 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.225° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.321° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 September 2078 at 05:56 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 09:02 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 6 September 2078 at 07:59 in ♍ Virgo 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