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

Waxing Gibbous in Scorpio

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 93% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 12 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 9 June 2011 at 02:11.

Strawberry Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2011 after 2 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13.

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 ∠1946"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1946" and ∠1889".

Lunation 141 / 1094

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 141 of Meeus index or 1094 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 51 minutes and it is 2 hours and 5 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 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠248.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠248.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠283.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 12 June 2011 at 01:42 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 24 June 2011 at 04:13 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 368 257 km

The Moon is 368 257 km (228 824 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 275 km (251 205 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 2 June 2011 at 20:21 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 15 June 2011 at 18:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 2 June 2011 at 09:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.393° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-23.399° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 June 2011 at 08:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13 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