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

Waxing Gibbous in Virgo

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 is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 25 February 2015 at 17:14.

Worm Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2015 after 1 day on 5 March 2015 at 18:06.

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 ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1935".

Lunation 187 / 1140

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 187 of Meeus index or 1140 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 49 minutes and it is 28 minutes longer 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 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠354.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠354.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠9.9°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 19 February 2015 at 07:29 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 5 March 2015 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 405 096 km

The Moon is 405 096 km (251 715 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 386 km (252 517 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 21 February 2015 at 16:05 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 7 March 2015 at 21:04 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

5 days since the last northern standstill on 27 February 2015 at 07:19 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.335° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.262° at the point of next southern standstill on 14 March 2015 at 01:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

23 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 1 day

In 1 day on 5 March 2015 at 18:06 in ♍ Virgo 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