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

Waxing Gibbous in Aquarius

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 91% 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 is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 23 August 2042 at 21:55.

Sturgeon Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2042 after 2 days on 31 August 2042 at 02:02.

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 ∠1892"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1892" and ∠1900".

Lunation 527 / 1480

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 527 of Meeus index or 1480 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.62 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 49 minutes and it is 2 hours and 24 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 5 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 58 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠123.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠123.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠152.7°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 20 August 2042 at 13:59 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 September 2042 at 15:49 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 378 793 km

The Moon is 378 793 km (235 371 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 4 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 666 km (224 107 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 20 August 2042 at 09:13 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 2 September 2042 at 19:23 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

2 days since the last southern standstill on 26 August 2042 at 11:39 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.327° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.396° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 September 2042 at 03:00 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

21 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 31 August 2042 at 02:02 in ♓ Pisces 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