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

Waxing Gibbous in Capricorn

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 76% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 31 August 2006 at 22:56.

Harvest Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2006 after 4 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42.

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 ∠1903"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1903" and ∠1902".

Lunation 82 / 1035

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 82 of Meeus index or 1035 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 35 minutes and it is 54 minutes shorter 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 3 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 12 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠158.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠158.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠182.3°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 26 August 2006 at 01:23 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 8 September 2006 at 03:07 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 376 746 km

The Moon is 376 746 km (234 099 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 175 km (221 938 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 25 August 2006 at 21:34 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 September 2006 at 11:01 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 2 September 2006 at 13:11 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.705° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.725° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 September 2006 at 01:28 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

22 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 4 days

In 4 days on 7 September 2006 at 18:42 in ♓ Pisces 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