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 90% 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 5 October 2019 at 16:47.

Hunter Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2019 after 3 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1922".

Lunation 244 / 1197

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 244 of Meeus index or 1197 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.38 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 12 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 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠11.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠11.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠28.3°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 18:29 about 12 days since last perigee on 28 September 2019 at 02:27 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 26 October 2019 at 10:41 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 405 902 km

This apogee Moon is 405 902 km (252 216 mi) away from Earth. It is 494 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 807 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 5 October 2019 at 18:49 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 20 October 2019 at 07:28 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 5 October 2019 at 16:01 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.788° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.947° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 October 2019 at 08:07 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

17 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 3 days

In 3 days on 13 October 2019 at 21:08 in ♈ Aries 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