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 78% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 12 June 2016 at 08:10.

Strawberry Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 4 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".

Lunation 203 / 1156

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 203 of Meeus index or 1156 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 43 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 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠27.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠27.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠48.9°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 12:00 about 12 days since last perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 1 July 2016 at 06:45 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 405 022 km

This apogee Moon is 405 022 km (251 669 mi) away from Earth. It is 386 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 687 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 26 June 2016 at 05:28 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.575° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.610° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 June 2016 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02 in ♐ Sagittarius 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