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

Waxing Gibbous in Taurus

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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 14 January 2019 at 06:45.

Wolf Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2019 after 4 days on 21 January 2019 at 05:16.

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 ∠1879"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1879" and ∠1951".

Lunation 235 / 1188

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 235 of Meeus index or 1188 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.82 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 35 minutes and it is 35 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2019. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 12 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠149.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠149.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠175.6°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 9 January 2019 at 04:29 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 January 2019 at 19:58 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 381 425 km

The Moon is 381 425 km (237 007 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 345 km (222 044 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 7 January 2019 at 00:08 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 January 2019 at 22:48 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 5 January 2019 at 18:45 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.553° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.544° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 January 2019 at 23:20 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 21 January 2019 at 05:16 in ♌ Leo 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