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

Waxing Gibbous in Scorpio

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 13 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 30 May 2020 at 03:30.

Strawberry Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2020 after 1 day on 5 June 2020 at 19:12.

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 ∠1946"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1946" and ∠1891".

Lunation 252 / 1205

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 252 of Meeus index or 1205 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 3 minutes and it is 2 hours and 11 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 19 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 44 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠229.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠229.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠263.8°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 3 June 2020 at 03:36 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 June 2020 at 00:56 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 368 259 km

The Moon is 368 259 km (228 826 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 597 km (251 405 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 24 May 2020 at 21:34 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 June 2020 at 18:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 25 May 2020 at 21:16 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.055° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.069° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 June 2020 at 16:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

10 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 5 June 2020 at 19:12 in ♐ Sagittarius 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