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 99% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 14 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 ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 10 January 2003 at 13:15.

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 1 day on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.

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 ∠1849"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1950".

Lunation 37 / 990

The Moon is 14 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes and it is 1 hour and 21 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠56.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠56.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠90.6°.

Moon before perigee

6 days since point of apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 January 2003 at 22:43 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 387 628 km

The Moon is 387 628 km (240 861 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 912 km (229 853 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2003 at 15:23 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon at northern standstill

At 02:11 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠25.794°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2003. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-25.834° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 30 January 2003 at 00:31.

Draconic month

2 days 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 1 day

In 1 day on 18 January 2003 at 10:48 in ♋ Cancer 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