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

Waxing Gibbous in Taurus

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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 27 November 2044 at 19:36.

Cold Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2044 after 1 day on 4 December 2044 at 23:34.

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 ∠1923"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1923" and ∠1947".

Lunation 555 / 1508

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 555 of Meeus index or 1508 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes and it is 1 hour and 37 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 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠126.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠126.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠156.9°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 24 November 2044 at 06:42 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 December 2044 at 08:05 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 372 683 km

The Moon is 372 683 km (231 574 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 749 km (223 538 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 27 November 2044 at 20:02 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2044 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 21 November 2044 at 22:50 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.089° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.056° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 December 2044 at 19:56 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 4 December 2044 at 23:34 in ♊ Gemini 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