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

Waxing Gibbous in Gemini

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 96% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 2 January 2039 at 07:37.

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2039 after 1 day on 10 January 2039 at 11:45.

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 ∠1786"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1951".

Lunation 482 / 1435

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 482 of Meeus index or 1435 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 34 minutes and it is 1 hour and 7 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 10 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 59 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠28.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠28.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠51.2°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 5 January 2039 at 05:10 in ♉ Taurus 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 21 January 2039 at 05:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 401 401 km

The Moon is 401 401 km (249 419 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 856 km (227 954 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 23:18 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 22 January 2039 at 05:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 26 December 2038 at 13:42 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.882° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠23.878° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 January 2039 at 20:11 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 23:18 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.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 10 January 2039 at 11:45 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