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

Waxing Gibbous in Leo

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 69% 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 12 April 2019 at 19:06.

Pink Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2019 after 4 days on 19 April 2019 at 11:12.

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 ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1913".

Lunation 238 / 1191

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 238 of Meeus index or 1191 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes and it is 2 hours and 39 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠228.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠228.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠263°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 1 April 2019 at 00:14 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 April 2019 at 22:02 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 363 647 km

The Moon is 363 647 km (225 960 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 209 km (226 309 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 12 April 2019 at 18:08 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 April 2019 at 15:02 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 11 April 2019 at 23:59 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.016° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.125° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 April 2019 at 21:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 19 April 2019 at 11:12 in ♎ Libra 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