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 99% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 14 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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

7 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 7 days on 22 November 2020 at 04:45.

Beaver Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2020 after 1 day on 30 November 2020 at 09:30.

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 ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1946".

Lunation 258 / 1211

The Moon is 14 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 258 of Meeus index or 1211 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes and it is 1 hour and 35 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 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠12.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠12.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠30.1°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 27 November 2020 at 00:29 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 December 2020 at 20:42 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 403 525 km

The Moon is 403 525 km (250 739 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 777 km (224 798 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 17 November 2020 at 00:07 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 1 December 2020 at 07:46 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 18 November 2020 at 11:27 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.856° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.882° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 December 2020 at 01:22 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 30 November 2020 at 09:30 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