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The waning moon.

At 20:37:57 UT Friday 22 October 2021
the moon’s phase is

WANING GIBBOUS (95.41% full)


Some factors that go into this equation:

Universal Time is 20.6491666666667 in decimal hours.
The Julian date is 2459510.45410266.
The sun’s ecliptic longitude is 209.688618884944 degrees.
Its mean anomaly is 288.7339006885 degrees.
The moon’s mean longitude on 00 January 1990 was 318.351648 degrees.

These calculations incorporate the switch to the English New Style (N.S.)—i.e., Gregorian— calendar after Wednesday, 02 September 1752; the next day became Thursday, 14 September, skipping eleven days. (Please also note that, while fairly accurate, these calculations remain a bit buggy.)

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