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 76% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 10 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 ∠9° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 27 June 2012 at 03:30.

Buck Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2012 after 4 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52.

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 ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1887".

Lunation 154 / 1107

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 154 of Meeus index or 1107 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 22 minutes and it is 1 hour and 52 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠217.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠217.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.7°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 16 June 2012 at 01:24 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 July 2012 at 18:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 363 707 km

The Moon is 363 707 km (225 997 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 363 km (225 162 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 17 June 2012 at 15:43 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 1 July 2012 at 05:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 18 June 2012 at 17:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.721° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.701° at the point of next southern standstill on 2 July 2012 at 03:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 3 July 2012 at 18:52 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