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

Waxing Gibbous in Pisces

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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 7 November 2016 at 19:51.

Beaver Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 4 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.

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 ∠1927"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1938".

Lunation 208 / 1161

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 208 of Meeus index or 1161 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.78 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes and it is 5 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2016. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠170.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠170.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠194.9°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 November 2016 at 11:23 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 371 899 km

The Moon is 371 899 km (231 087 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 512 km (221 526 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 9 November 2016 at 15:57 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 22 November 2016 at 02:48 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after southern standstill

5 days since the last southern standstill on 4 November 2016 at 13:04 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.737° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.814° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 November 2016 at 09:32 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52 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