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 85% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 11 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 7 August 2019 at 17:31.

Sturgeon Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2019 after 4 days on 15 August 2019 at 12:29.

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 ∠1830"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1830" and ∠1893".

Lunation 242 / 1195

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 242 of Meeus index or 1195 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 25 minutes and it is 24 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2019. 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 5 hours and 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠340.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356.3°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 2 August 2019 at 07:08 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 August 2019 at 10:50 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 391 776 km

The Moon is 391 776 km (243 438 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 244 km (252 428 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 30 July 2019 at 17:02 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 12 August 2019 at 14:45 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 30 July 2019 at 08:10 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.384° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-22.399° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 August 2019 at 04:28 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

11 days 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 15 August 2019 at 12:29 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