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

Waxing Gibbous in Taurus

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 74% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 10 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 30 December 2022 at 01:21.

Wolf Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 5 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.

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 ∠1850"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1951".

Lunation 284 / 1237

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 284 of Meeus index or 1237 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes and it is 23 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2023. 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 8 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠344.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠344.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠360°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 24 December 2022 at 08:32 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 January 2023 at 09:19 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 387 376 km

The Moon is 387 376 km (240 704 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 459 km (252 562 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 15:25 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 16 January 2023 at 06:32 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.418° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.406° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 January 2023 at 03:08 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 15:25 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 6 January 2023 at 23:08 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