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 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 29 June 2009 at 11:28.

Buck Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2009 after 1 day on 7 July 2009 at 09:21.

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 ∠1779"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1887".

Lunation 117 / 1070

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 117 of Meeus index or 1070 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.29 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 1 minute and it is 27 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2009. 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 5 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠349.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠349.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.5°.

Moon before apogee

12 days since point of perigee on 23 June 2009 at 10:39 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 July 2009 at 21:39 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 402 990 km

The Moon is 402 990 km (250 406 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 233 km (252 421 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 24 June 2009 at 17:24 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 8 July 2009 at 15:24 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon at southern standstill

At 07:34 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.460°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.477° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 19 July 2009 at 13:01.

Draconic month

24 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 July 2009 at 09:21 in ♑ Capricorn 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