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

Waxing Gibbous in Cancer

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 80% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 10 days young.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 20 February 2002 at 12:02.

Snow Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2002 after 3 days on 27 February 2002 at 09:17.

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 ∠1908"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1908" and ∠1939".

Lunation 26 / 979

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 26 of Meeus index or 979 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.77 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes and it is 1 hour and 3 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2002. 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 5 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠155.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠155.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠180.3°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 14 February 2002 at 22:22 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 February 2002 at 19:47 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 375 771 km

The Moon is 375 771 km (233 493 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 898 km (221 766 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 22 February 2002 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini 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 6 March 2002 at 16:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon at northern standstill

At 11:48 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠24.418°. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-24.510° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 8 March 2002 at 01:59.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 27 February 2002 at 09:17 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon 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