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

Waxing Gibbous in Aquarius

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 70% 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 in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 7 October 2008 at 09:04.

Hunter Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2008 after 5 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03.

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 ∠1805"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1922".

Lunation 108 / 1061

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 108 of Meeus index or 1061 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes and it is 2 hours and 39 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 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠98.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠98.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠133.4°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 October 2008 at 06:06 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 397 077 km

The Moon is 397 077 km (246 732 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 828 km (226 072 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 25 September 2008 at 16:20 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 10 October 2008 at 00:38 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 5 October 2008 at 14:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.370° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.270° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 14 October 2008 at 20:03 in ♈ Aries 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