Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 91% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 21 July 2026 at 11:06.
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.
Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2026 after 3 days on 29 July 2026 at 14:36.
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.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 328 of Meeus index or 1281 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 53 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠18°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠36.5°.
1 day after point of apogee on 25 July 2026 at 16:45 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 August 2026 at 11:18 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is 405 402 km (251 905 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 14 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 288 km (225 737 mi).
9 days after descending node on 17 July 2026 at 00:27 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 31 July 2026 at 11:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 03:56 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.067°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.107° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 8 August 2026 at 23:42.
In 3 days on 29 July 2026 at 14:36 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.