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

Waxing Gibbous in Cancer

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 14 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 8 January 2033 at 03:34.

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2033 after 1 day on 15 January 2033 at 13:07.

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 ∠1826"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1826" and ∠1951".

Lunation 408 / 1361

The Moon is 14 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 408 of Meeus index or 1361 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.49 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 43 minutes and it is 1 hour and 19 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 1 minute shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 8 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠315.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠315.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠336.6°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 4 January 2033 at 05:24 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 January 2033 at 07:04 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 392 447 km

The Moon is 392 447 km (243 855 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 294 km (251 838 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 8 January 2033 at 18:31 in ♈ Aries 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 22 January 2033 at 23:41 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 13 January 2033 at 00:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.075° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.973° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 January 2033 at 14:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 15 January 2033 at 13:07 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