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 85% 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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 29 December 2052 at 02:28.

Wolf Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2053 after 3 days on 4 January 2053 at 17:46.

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 ∠1965"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1951".

Lunation 655 / 1608

The Moon is 11 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 655 of Meeus index or 1608 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 57 minutes and it is 1 hour and 38 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 6 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 50 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠190.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠190.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠217.6°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 20 December 2052 at 00:02 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 3 January 2053 at 21:39 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 364 836 km

The Moon is 364 836 km (226 699 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 808 km (222 332 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 28 December 2052 at 11:06 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 January 2053 at 21:36 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 21 December 2052 at 04:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.432° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.398° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 January 2053 at 18:58 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 4 January 2053 at 17:46 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