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 85% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 11 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 ∠18° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 20 November 2012 at 14:31.

Beaver Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2012 after 4 days on 28 November 2012 at 14:46.

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 ∠1804"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1804" and ∠1944".

Lunation 159 / 1112

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 159 of Meeus index or 1112 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes and it is 28 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠351.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠351.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠6.8°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 14 November 2012 at 10:21 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 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 November 2012 at 19:35 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 397 416 km

The Moon is 397 416 km (246 943 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 366 km (252 504 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 14 November 2012 at 04:37 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 November 2012 at 17:05 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 15 November 2012 at 16:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.914° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.924° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 November 2012 at 14:33 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 28 November 2012 at 14:46 in ♊ Gemini 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