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

Waxing Gibbous in Libra

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 88% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 7 May 2014 at 03:15.

Flower Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2014 after 3 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16.

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 ∠1823"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1823" and ∠1899".

Lunation 177 / 1130

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 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 18 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠76.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠76.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.5°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 6 May 2014 at 10:22 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 393 265 km

The Moon is 393 265 km (244 364 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 099 km (228 105 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 28 April 2014 at 11:36 in ♈ Aries 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 12 May 2014 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 2 May 2014 at 15:59 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.961° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.992° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 May 2014 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16 in ♏ Scorpio 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