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 94% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 12 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 ∠14° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 26 May 2042 at 18:18.

Strawberry Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2042 after 2 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48.

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1786"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1892".

Lunation 524 / 1477

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 524 of Meeus index or 1477 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 53 minutes and it is 1 hour and 11 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 3 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠33.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠33.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠57.3°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 29 May 2042 at 07:12 in ♎ Libra 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 13 June 2042 at 22:24 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 401 322 km

The Moon is 401 322 km (249 370 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 563 km (228 393 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 31 May 2042 at 00:41 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 June 2042 at 12:16 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 21 May 2042 at 23:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.143° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.094° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 June 2042 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 3 June 2042 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius 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