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

Waxing Gibbous in Pisces

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 73% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 19 November 2004 at 05:50.

Beaver Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2004 after 5 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07.

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 ∠1895"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1895" and ∠1943".

Lunation 60 / 1013

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 60 of Meeus index or 1013 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes and it is 28 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠327.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠327.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.8°.

Moon after perigee

6 days since point of perigee on 14 November 2004 at 13:54 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 378 171 km

The Moon is 378 171 km (234 985 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 953 km (252 247 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 11 November 2004 at 07:43 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 November 2004 at 04:05 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 15 November 2004 at 14:59 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.013° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.963° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 26 November 2004 at 20:07 in ♉ Taurus 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