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

Waxing Gibbous in Sagittarius

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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 12 July 2016 at 00:52.

Buck Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2016 after 3 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57.

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 ∠1789"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1888".

Lunation 204 / 1157

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes and it is 2 hours and 35 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 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠48.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠48.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠77.9°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 13 July 2016 at 05:24 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 400 658 km

The Moon is 400 658 km (248 957 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 659 km (229 695 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 9 July 2016 at 01:41 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 3 July 2016 at 20:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.598° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-18.569° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

7 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 3 days

In 3 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57 in ♑ Capricorn 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