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

Waxing Gibbous in Sagittarius

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 69% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 ♐ Sagittarius

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

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 25 August 2020 at 17:58.

Harvest Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 5 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.

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 ∠1916"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1916" and ∠1900".

Lunation 255 / 1208

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 255 of Meeus index or 1208 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.35 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 19 minutes and it is 12 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2020. 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 4 hours and 26 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠322.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠322.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠341.2°.

Moon after perigee

6 days since point of perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 September 2020 at 06:31 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 374 106 km

The Moon is 374 106 km (232 459 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 606 km (252 032 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 11:52 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 10 September 2020 at 23:05 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.152° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-24.219° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 August 2020 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22 in ♓ Pisces 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