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 99% 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 ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 6 August 2049 at 17:52.

Sturgeon Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2049 after 1 day on 13 August 2049 at 09:19.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1894".

Lunation 613 / 1566

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 613 of Meeus index or 1566 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes and it is 25 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 27 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 36 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠185.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠185.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠210.2°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 17:06 about 14 days since last apogee on 29 July 2049 at 04:27 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next apogee on 25 August 2049 at 10:27 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 357 750 km

This perigee Moon is 357 750 km (222 296 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 758 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 606 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 8 August 2049 at 08:48 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 August 2049 at 22:31 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 9 August 2049 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.891° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.800° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 August 2049 at 00:08 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 13 August 2049 at 09:19 in ♒ Aquarius 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