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

Waxing Gibbous in Aries

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 84% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 11 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 10 November 2043 at 00:13.

Beaver Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2043 after 3 days on 16 November 2043 at 21:52.

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 ∠1917"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1917" and ∠1939".

Lunation 542 / 1495

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 542 of Meeus index or 1495 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.78 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes and it is 31 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 5 hours and 55 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠154°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠154° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠179.1°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 4 November 2043 at 13:04 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 November 2043 at 09:11 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 373 963 km

The Moon is 373 963 km (232 370 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 949 km (221 798 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 02:29 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 12 days until Moon's next descending node later on 25 November 2043 at 15:09 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 6 November 2043 at 02:22 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.556° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.494° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 November 2043 at 05:40 in ♊ Gemini.

New draconic month

At 02:29 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 16 November 2043 at 21:52 in ♉ Taurus 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