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

Waxing Gibbous in Cancer

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 97% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 9 January 2041 at 10:06.

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2041 after 1 day on 17 January 2041 at 07:11.

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 ∠1788"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1951".

Lunation 507 / 1460

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 507 of Meeus index or 1460 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 35 minutes and it is 39 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠342.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠342.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠358.5°.

Moon before apogee

11 days since point of perigee on 3 January 2041 at 19:39 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 18 January 2041 at 23:16 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 400 891 km

The Moon is 400 891 km (249 102 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 419 km (252 537 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 12 January 2041 at 00:01 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 26 January 2041 at 15:09 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon at northern standstill

At 15:57 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠26.766°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2041. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-26.843° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 29 January 2041 at 22:24.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 17 January 2041 at 07:11 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