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

Waxing Gibbous in Leo

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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 19 February 2040 at 21:33.

Snow Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2040 after 1 day on 28 February 2040 at 00:59.

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 ∠1794"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1938".

Lunation 496 / 1449

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 496 of Meeus index or 1449 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 22 minutes and it is 52 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 1 hour and 22 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 47 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠30.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠30.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠53.5°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 22 February 2040 at 15:18 in ♊ Gemini 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 9 March 2040 at 12:23 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 399 455 km

The Moon is 399 455 km (248 210 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 227 km (228 184 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 20 February 2040 at 14:18 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 5 March 2040 at 16:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 23 February 2040 at 04:38 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.645° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.776° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 March 2040 at 22:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 28 February 2040 at 00:59 in ♍ Virgo 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