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

Waxing Gibbous in Aries

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 in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 26 October 2009 at 00:42.

Beaver Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 1 day on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.

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 ∠1852"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1852" and ∠1934".

Lunation 121 / 1074

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes and it is 3 hours and 7 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 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠65.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠65.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99.9°.

Moon before perigee

6 days since point of apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 7 November 2009 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 386 988 km

The Moon is 386 988 km (240 463 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 900 km (229 224 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 November 2009 at 23:25 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.951° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.856° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 November 2009 at 15:31 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

7 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 2 November 2009 at 19:14 in ♉ Taurus 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