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 82% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 17 April 2087 at 23:17.

Pink Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2087 after 25 days on 17 May 2087 at 15:55.

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 ∠1798"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1908".

Lunation 1079 / 2032

The Moon is 18 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1079 of Meeus index or 2032 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.35 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 25 minutes and it is 37 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 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠347.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠347.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠3.2°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 18 April 2087 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 May 2087 at 13:16 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 398 713 km

The Moon is 398 713 km (247 749 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 231 km (221 973 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 20 April 2087 at 05:56 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2087 at 13:34 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 05:30 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.818°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.806° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 5 May 2087 at 03:19.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 2 May 2087 at 17:51 in ♉ Taurus 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