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 94% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 12 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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 9 January 2022 at 18:11.

Wolf Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2022 after 2 days on 17 January 2022 at 23:49.

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 ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1951".

Lunation 272 / 1225

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 272 of Meeus index or 1225 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 13 minutes and it is 36 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 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠13.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠13.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 14 January 2022 at 09:27 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 January 2022 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 405 266 km

The Moon is 405 266 km (251 821 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 250 km (225 092 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 13 January 2022 at 04:19 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 January 2022 at 06:14 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 2 January 2022 at 13:35 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.304° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.310° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 January 2022 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

2 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 2 days

In 2 days on 17 January 2022 at 23:49 in ♋ Cancer 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