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

Waxing Gibbous in Capricorn

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 68% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 13 September 2021 at 20:39.

Harvest Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2021 after 5 days on 20 September 2021 at 23:55.

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 ∠1951"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1908".

Lunation 268 / 1221

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 268 of Meeus index or 1221 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.43 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 14 minutes and it is 5 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 39 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠297.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠297.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠323.3°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 11 September 2021 at 10:05 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 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 September 2021 at 21:44 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 367 412 km

The Moon is 367 412 km (228 299 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 641 km (251 432 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 12 September 2021 at 16:35 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 26 September 2021 at 07:33 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon at southern standstill

At 03:48 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.980°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.109° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 29 September 2021 at 08:26.

Draconic month

16 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 5 days

In 5 days on 20 September 2021 at 23:55 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