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 69% 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 ∠15° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 11 March 2049 at 11:26.

Worm Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2049 after 6 days on 19 March 2049 at 12:23.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1930".

Lunation 608 / 1561

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 608 of Meeus index or 1561 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes and it is 1 hour and 4 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 1 hour and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠39.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠39.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠67°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 07:24 about 11 days since last perigee on 1 March 2049 at 12:45 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 28 March 2049 at 13:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 404 598 km

This apogee Moon is 404 598 km (251 406 mi) away from Earth. It is 810 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 111 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 10 March 2049 at 19:09 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2049 at 20:47 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 11 March 2049 at 05:37 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠22.452° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-22.314° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 March 2049 at 08:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 19 March 2049 at 12:23 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