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

Full Moon in Cancer

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99%. Lunar cycle is 14 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 21 January 2038 at 04:00 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

It is Wolf Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Wolf of January 2038.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1889"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1889" and ∠1950".

Lunation 470 / 1423

The Moon is 14 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 470 of Meeus index or 1423 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.67 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 11 minutes and it is 1 hour and 12 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 3 hours and 27 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 36 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠79.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠79.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠117.1°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 12 January 2038 at 13:57 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 January 2038 at 09:52 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 379 528 km

The Moon is 379 528 km (235 828 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 508 km (227 738 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 08:06 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 2 February 2038 at 05:08 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 19 January 2038 at 19:02 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.188° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.196° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 February 2038 at 15:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

New draconic month

At 08:06 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming 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