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 64% 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 is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 5 January 2028 at 01:40.

Wolf Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2028 after 5 days on 12 January 2028 at 04:03.

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 ∠1834"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1834" and ∠1951".

Lunation 346 / 1299

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 346 of Meeus index or 1299 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute and it is 25 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 47 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠132.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠132.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠161.9°.

Moon after apogee

5 days since point of apogee on 1 January 2028 at 03:52 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 January 2028 at 07:47 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 390 850 km

The Moon is 390 850 km (242 863 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 046 km (223 101 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after ascending node on 30 December 2027 at 00:51 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 12 January 2028 at 21:27 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 26 December 2027 at 15:52 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.576° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.604° at the point of next northern standstill on 10 January 2028 at 02:36 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 12 January 2028 at 04:03 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