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 92% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 4 December 2019 at 06:58.

Cold Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2019 after 2 days on 12 December 2019 at 05:12.

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 ∠1805"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1805" and ∠1948".

Lunation 246 / 1199

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 246 of Meeus index or 1199 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes and it is 2 hours and 21 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠50.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠50.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠82.6°.

Moon after apogee

4 days since point of apogee on 5 December 2019 at 04:09 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 397 120 km

The Moon is 397 120 km (246 759 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 260 km (230 069 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 29 November 2019 at 04:13 in ♑ Capricorn 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 13 December 2019 at 14:15 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 29 November 2019 at 10:36 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.200° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.226° at the point of next northern standstill on 13 December 2019 at 20:57 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 2 days

In 2 days on 12 December 2019 at 05:12 in ♊ Gemini 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