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

Waxing Gibbous in Gemini

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 66% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 19 February 2021 at 18:47.

Snow Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2021 after 5 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17.

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 ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1940".

Lunation 261 / 1214

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 261 of Meeus index or 1214 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes and it is 55 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 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠87°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠87° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠124.3°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 18 February 2021 at 10:22 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 400 510 km

The Moon is 400 510 km (248 865 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 422 km (227 063 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 01:44 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 6 March 2021 at 00:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 8 February 2021 at 15:34 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.953° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠25.056° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 February 2021 at 00:12 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 01:44 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17 in ♍ Virgo 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