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

Waxing Gibbous in Scorpio

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 98% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 13 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 12 May 2038 at 04:18.

Flower Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2038 after 1 day on 18 May 2038 at 18:23.

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 ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1897".

Lunation 474 / 1427

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 474 of Meeus index or 1427 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 5 minutes and it is 1 hour and 57 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠198.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠198.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠226°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 13:35 about 15 days since last apogee on 2 May 2038 at 08:35 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next apogee on 29 May 2038 at 20:16 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 359 249 km

This perigee Moon is 359 249 km (223 227 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 259 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 107 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 9 May 2038 at 02:33 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 May 2038 at 17:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 9 May 2038 at 03:15 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.927° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.982° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 May 2038 at 19:28 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 18 May 2038 at 18:23 in ♏ Scorpio 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