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

Waxing Gibbous in Taurus

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 10 November 2013 at 05:57.

Beaver Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2013 after 1 day on 17 November 2013 at 15:16.

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 ∠1829"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1941".

Lunation 171 / 1124

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 171 of Meeus index or 1124 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 32 minutes and it is 40 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 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠315°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠315° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠336.4°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 6 November 2013 at 09:28 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 391 991 km

The Moon is 391 991 km (243 572 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 446 km (251 932 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 05:30 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 30 November 2013 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 6 November 2013 at 06:43 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.511° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.534° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 November 2013 at 17:18 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 17 November 2013 at 15:16 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