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

Waning Gibbous in Virgo

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 in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 26 January 2089 at 11:25.

Wolf Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2089 after 27 days on 24 February 2089 at 22:05.

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 ∠1938"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1938" and ∠1948".

Lunation 1101 / 2054

The Moon is 17 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1101 of Meeus index or 2054 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 58 minutes and it is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2089. 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 6 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠185.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠185.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠211.9°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 25 January 2089 at 19:36 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 February 2089 at 10:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 369 835 km

The Moon is 369 835 km (229 805 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 252 km (252 433 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 19 January 2089 at 04:30 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 31 January 2089 at 14:33 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 23 January 2089 at 16:28 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.817° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.740° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 February 2089 at 19:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 10 February 2089 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius 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