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

Waxing Gibbous in Libra

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 68% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 23 June 2034 at 14:35.

Buck Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2034 after 6 days on 1 July 2034 at 17:44.

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 ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1888".

Lunation 426 / 1379

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 426 of Meeus index or 1379 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes and it is 1 hour and 49 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 4 hours and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠25.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠25.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠45.9°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 14 June 2034 at 21:42 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 June 2034 at 00:19 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 403 947 km

The Moon is 403 947 km (251 001 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 126 km (251 734 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 23 June 2034 at 06:36 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 7 July 2034 at 14:33 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 16 June 2034 at 18:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.417° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.423° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 June 2034 at 23:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 1 July 2034 at 17:44 in ♑ Capricorn 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