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

Waxing Gibbous in Libra

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 91% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 15 May 2024 at 11:48.

Flower Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 3 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.

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 ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1896".

Lunation 301 / 1254

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 301 of Meeus index or 1254 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 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 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠36°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠36° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠60.7°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 June 2024 at 07:23 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 402 520 km

The Moon is 402 520 km (250 114 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 108 km (228 732 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 2 June 2024 at 03:08 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

9 days since the last northern standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.465° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.401° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 May 2024 at 19:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53 in ♏ Scorpio 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