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

Waxing Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 94% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 12 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 25 June 2004 at 19:08.

Buck Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2004 after 1 day on 2 July 2004 at 11:09.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1887".

Lunation 55 / 1008

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 55 of Meeus index or 1008 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 57 minutes and it is 57 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠181.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠181.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠205.1°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 17 June 2004 at 16:02 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 July 2004 at 23:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 363 906 km

The Moon is 363 906 km (226 121 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 450 km (222 109 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 28 June 2004 at 08:37 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 11 July 2004 at 00:59 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 18 June 2004 at 15:35 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.532° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.538° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 July 2004 at 03:43 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

16 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 1 day

In 1 day on 2 July 2004 at 11:09 in ♑ Capricorn 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