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

Waxing Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% 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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 31 May 2009 at 03:22.

Strawberry Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 1 day on 7 June 2009 at 18:12.

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 ∠1798"

Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1891".

Lunation 116 / 1069

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 116 of Meeus index or 1069 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 24 minutes and it is 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 5 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠332.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠332.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠349.4°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 26 May 2009 at 03:44 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 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 10 June 2009 at 16:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 398 735 km

The Moon is 398 735 km (247 762 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 786 km (252 144 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 28 May 2009 at 10:19 in ♌ Leo 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 11 June 2009 at 10:15 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 25 May 2009 at 16:56 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.451° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.429° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 June 2009 at 02:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

22 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 7 June 2009 at 18:12 in ♐ Sagittarius 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