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 99% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 14 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 is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

7 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 7 days on 29 August 2017 at 08:13.

Harvest Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2017 after 1 day on 6 September 2017 at 07:03.

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 ∠1837"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1837" and ∠1904".

Lunation 218 / 1171

The Moon is 14 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 218 of Meeus index or 1171 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute and it is 2 hours and 42 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 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠49.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠49.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠79°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 30 August 2017 at 11:25 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 September 2017 at 16:04 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 390 130 km

The Moon is 390 130 km (242 416 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 856 km (229 818 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 4 September 2017 at 18:41 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 September 2017 at 18:28 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 1 September 2017 at 02:03 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.393° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.438° at the point of next northern standstill on 14 September 2017 at 13:00 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

15 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 1 day

In 1 day on 6 September 2017 at 07:03 in ♓ Pisces 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