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

Waxing Gibbous in Aries

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 20 November 2023 at 10:50.

Beaver Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2023 after 2 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16.

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 ∠1936"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1944".

Lunation 295 / 1248

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes and it is 1 hour and 40 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 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠269.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠269.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠303.6°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 21 November 2023 at 21:03 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 370 187 km

The Moon is 370 187 km (230 024 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 348 km (251 250 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 11:02 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 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 16 November 2023 at 14:45 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.238° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.191° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 11:02 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 2 days

In 2 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16 in ♊ Gemini 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