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

Waxing Gibbous in Virgo

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99% 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♎ Libra later.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 25 March 2007 at 18:16.

Pink Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2007 after 1 day on 2 April 2007 at 17:15.

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 ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1920".

Lunation 89 / 1042

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 89 of Meeus index or 1042 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 53 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 minutes longer 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 3 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠348.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠348.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 19 March 2007 at 18:39 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 3 April 2007 at 08:38 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 404 092 km

The Moon is 404 092 km (251 091 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 327 km (252 480 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 31 March 2007 at 11:41 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 April 2007 at 17:34 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after northern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 25 March 2007 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.582° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.510° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 April 2007 at 23:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

14 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 2 April 2007 at 17:15 in ♎ Libra 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