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

Waxing Gibbous in Cancer

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 73% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 24 February 2007 at 07:56.

Worm Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2007 after 5 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17.

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 ∠1888"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1888" and ∠1938".

Lunation 88 / 1041

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 88 of Meeus index or 1041 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 35 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 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠331.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠331.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠348.7°.

Moon after perigee

7 days since point of perigee on 19 February 2007 at 09:34 in ♓ Pisces 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 7 March 2007 at 03:37 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 379 647 km

The Moon is 379 647 km (235 902 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 851 km (252 184 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 18 February 2007 at 20:43 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 4 March 2007 at 05:31 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 25 February 2007 at 23:35 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.600° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 14 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.608° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 March 2007 at 16:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 3 March 2007 at 23:17 in ♍ Virgo 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