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 82% 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 ∠23° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 21 September 2097 at 13:00.

Harvest Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2097 after 25 days on 21 October 2097 at 01:23.

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 ∠1940"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1914".

Lunation 1208 / 2161

The Moon is 19 days old and navigating from the middle to the last part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1208 of Meeus index or 2161 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 12 minutes and it is 3 hours and 11 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 1 hour and 33 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 37 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠47.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠47.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠76.4°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 14 September 2097 at 20:28 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 29 September 2097 at 06:20 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 369 432 km

The Moon is 369 432 km (229 554 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 864 km (229 823 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 24 September 2097 at 02:09 in ♉ Taurus 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 7 October 2097 at 00:55 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 14 September 2097 at 18:59 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.835° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.911° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 September 2097 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 5 October 2097 at 11:45 in ♎ Libra 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