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

Waxing Gibbous in Aries

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 4 November 2019 at 10:23.

Beaver Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2019 after 4 days on 12 November 2019 at 13:34.

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 ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1937".

Lunation 245 / 1198

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 245 of Meeus index or 1198 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 27 minutes and it is 2 hours and 41 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 17 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 52 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠28.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠28.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠50.7°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 7 November 2019 at 08:37 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 23 November 2019 at 07:54 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 405 165 km

The Moon is 405 165 km (251 758 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 721 km (227 870 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 1 November 2019 at 21:40 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 16 November 2019 at 08:48 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 2 November 2019 at 00:33 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.047° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.151° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 November 2019 at 13:52 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

19 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 12 November 2019 at 13:34 in ♉ Taurus 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