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 81% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 19 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 ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 2 September 2096 at 15:36.

Harvest Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2096 after 25 days on 2 October 2096 at 01:24.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1904".

Lunation 1195 / 2148

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1195 of Meeus index or 2148 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 10 minutes and it is 3 hours and 8 minutes 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 34 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 35 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠76.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠76.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠110.9°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 10:00 about 12 days since last apogee on 25 August 2096 at 08:09 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next apogee on 22 September 2096 at 03:15 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 367 386 km

This perigee Moon is 367 386 km (228 283 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 878 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 970 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 25 August 2096 at 06:52 in ♏ Scorpio 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 7 September 2096 at 18:11 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 28 August 2096 at 21:09 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.564° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.671° at the point of next northern standstill on 10 September 2096 at 21:55 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 16 September 2096 at 15:10 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