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

Waxing Gibbous in Gemini

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 88% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 31 December 2049 at 08:53.

Wolf Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2050 after 3 days on 8 January 2050 at 01:39.

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 ∠1841"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1841" and ∠1951".

Lunation 618 / 1571

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 618 of Meeus index or 1571 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 5 minutes and it is 58 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠332.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠332.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠350.1°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 26 December 2049 at 08:57 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 January 2050 at 02:36 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 389 331 km

The Moon is 389 331 km (241 919 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 128 km (252 356 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 03:20 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 18 January 2050 at 17:33 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 23 December 2049 at 17:33 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.275° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠21.260° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 January 2050 at 16:08 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the middle to the last part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 8 January 2050 at 01:39 in ♋ Cancer 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