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 87% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 11 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 1 March 2031 at 04:02.

Worm Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2031 after 3 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30.

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 ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1934".

Lunation 385 / 1338

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 385 of Meeus index or 1338 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.5 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 1 minute and it is 1 hour and 8 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 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠41.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠41.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠70.3°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 2 March 2031 at 18:57 in ♊ Gemini 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 17 March 2031 at 18:58 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 402 339 km

The Moon is 402 339 km (250 002 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 634 km (229 680 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 28 February 2031 at 11:02 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 March 2031 at 11:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 1 March 2031 at 20:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.491° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.353° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 March 2031 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 9 March 2031 at 04:30 in ♍ Virgo 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