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 96% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 13 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 ∠6° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 15 June 2005 at 01:22.

Strawberry Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2005 after 1 day on 22 June 2005 at 04:14.

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 ∠1923"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1888".

Lunation 67 / 1020

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 67 of Meeus index or 1020 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 7 minutes and it is 55 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 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠131.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠131.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠158.8°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 11 June 2005 at 06:11 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 June 2005 at 11:49 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 372 720 km

The Moon is 372 720 km (231 597 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 675 km (223 492 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 17 June 2005 at 03:59 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 29 June 2005 at 16:29 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 8 June 2005 at 07:36 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.224° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-28.214° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 June 2005 at 07:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

17 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 1 day

In 1 day on 22 June 2005 at 04:14 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