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 90% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 5 August 2022 at 11:06.

Sturgeon Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2022 after 2 days on 12 August 2022 at 01:36.

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 ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1893".

Lunation 279 / 1232

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 279 of Meeus index or 1232 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.6 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes and it is 45 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 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠202°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠202° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠230.2°.

Moon before perigee

14 days since point of apogee on 26 July 2022 at 10:22 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 10 August 2022 at 17:14 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 363 304 km

The Moon is 363 304 km (225 747 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 830 km (223 588 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 5 August 2022 at 20:30 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 18 August 2022 at 10:59 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 06:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.024°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.100° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 22 August 2022 at 15:08.

Draconic month

18 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 12 August 2022 at 01:36 in ♒ Aquarius 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