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

Waxing Gibbous in Capricorn

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 95% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 12 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 30 July 2017 at 15:23.

Sturgeon Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2017 after 2 days on 7 August 2017 at 18:11.

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 ∠1780"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1892".

Lunation 217 / 1170

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 217 of Meeus index or 1170 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 45 minutes and it is 2 hours and 15 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 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠27.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠27.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠49.5°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 2 August 2017 at 17:55 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 18 August 2017 at 13:14 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 402 613 km

The Moon is 402 613 km (250 172 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 129 km (227 502 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 25 July 2017 at 00:46 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 8 August 2017 at 10:56 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 4 August 2017 at 18:17 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.393° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.381° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 August 2017 at 06:50 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

11 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 2 days

In 2 days on 7 August 2017 at 18:11 in ♒ Aquarius 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