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 67% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 9 March 2041 at 15:51.

Worm Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2041 after 6 days on 17 March 2041 at 20:19.

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 ∠1789"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1931".

Lunation 509 / 1462

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 509 of Meeus index or 1462 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 50 minutes and it is 27 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2041. 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 2 hours and 54 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 15 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠14°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠14° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠32.1°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 1 March 2041 at 19:56 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 March 2041 at 07:06 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 400 732 km

The Moon is 400 732 km (249 003 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 968 km (252 257 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 7 March 2041 at 03:29 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 March 2041 at 17:35 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon at northern standstill

At 02:59 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠27.133°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-27.252° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 25 March 2041 at 14:14.

Draconic month

4 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 6 days

In 6 days on 17 March 2041 at 20:19 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