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

Waxing Gibbous in Cancer

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 72% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 5 March 2017 at 11:32.

Worm Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 5 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.

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 ∠1948"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1933".

Lunation 212 / 1165

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes and it is 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠295°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠295° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.4°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 367 973 km

The Moon is 367 973 km (228 648 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 651 km (251 438 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces 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 11 March 2017 at 04:17 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 00:43 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.861°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2017. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.912° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 21 March 2017 at 05:22.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54 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