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 97% 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 leaving the last ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 3 July 2006 at 16:37.

Buck Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2006 after 1 day on 11 July 2006 at 03:02.

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 ∠1884"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1887".

Lunation 80 / 1033

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 80 of Meeus index or 1033 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes and it is 2 hours and 13 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠97.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠97.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠131.2°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 1 July 2006 at 20:12 in ♍ Virgo 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 13 July 2006 at 17:35 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 380 497 km

The Moon is 380 497 km (236 430 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 287 km (226 357 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 days after descending node on 2 July 2006 at 14:19 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 15 July 2006 at 20:25 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 18:49 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.477°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.515° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 22 July 2006 at 14:34.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 11 July 2006 at 03:02 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