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

Waxing Gibbous in Leo

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 67% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 13 April 2027 at 22:57.

Pink Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2027 after 5 days on 20 April 2027 at 22:27.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1912".

Lunation 337 / 1290

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 337 of Meeus index or 1290 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 7 minutes and it is 2 hours and 25 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 37 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 32 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠278.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠278.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠308.6°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 14 April 2027 at 00:41 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 April 2027 at 21:21 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 364 664 km

The Moon is 364 664 km (226 592 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 170 km (251 140 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 16:31 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 29 April 2027 at 13:24 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 11 April 2027 at 19:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.412° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.312° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 April 2027 at 01:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 20 April 2027 at 22:27 in ♎ Libra 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