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

Waxing Gibbous in Libra

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 1 May 2009 at 20:44.

Flower Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2009 after 1 day on 9 May 2009 at 04:01.

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 ∠1846"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1846" and ∠1901".

Lunation 115 / 1068

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 115 of Meeus index or 1068 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes and it is 1 hour and 24 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 3 hours and 56 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠311.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠311.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠332.7°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 28 April 2009 at 06:26 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 388 376 km

The Moon is 388 376 km (241 326 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 916 km (251 603 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 1 May 2009 at 07:50 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 28 April 2009 at 08:50 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.567° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.486° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

19 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 1 day

In 1 day on 9 May 2009 at 04:01 in ♏ Scorpio 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