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 92% 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 7 July 2022 at 02:14.

Buck Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2022 after 2 days on 13 July 2022 at 18:37.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1887".

Lunation 278 / 1231

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 278 of Meeus index or 1231 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 3 minutes and it is 41 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 44 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠178.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠178.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠202°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 29 June 2022 at 06:08 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 July 2022 at 09:08 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 364 707 km

The Moon is 364 707 km (226 618 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 264 km (221 994 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 9 July 2022 at 17:28 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 22 July 2022 at 09:21 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 29 June 2022 at 04:06 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.900° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-26.921° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 July 2022 at 21:16 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 13 July 2022 at 18:37 in ♑ Capricorn 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