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

Waning Gibbous in Pisces

Waning Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 94% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 17 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 is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 20 July 2081 at 20:22.

Buck Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2081 after 26 days on 19 August 2081 at 11:15.

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 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1889".

Lunation 1008 / 1961

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1008 of Meeus index or 1961 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.32 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 40 minutes and it is 2 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 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠322.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠322.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠341.4°.

Moon before apogee

14 days since point of perigee on 9 July 2081 at 01:02 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 July 2081 at 19:37 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 405 026 km

The Moon is 405 026 km (251 671 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 426 km (251 920 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 10 July 2081 at 22:38 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 July 2081 at 18:52 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 18 July 2081 at 08:57 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.389° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.454° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 August 2081 at 22:18 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 5 August 2081 at 01:24 in ♌ Leo 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