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 78% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 10 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 25 February 2053 at 22:09.

Worm Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2053 after 4 days on 4 March 2053 at 17:09.

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 ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1936".

Lunation 657 / 1610

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 657 of Meeus index or 1610 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes and it is 3 hours and 3 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 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 7 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠251.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠251.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠288°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 20:20 about 15 days since last apogee on 13 February 2053 at 01:22 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 12 March 2053 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 367 800 km

This perigee Moon is 367 800 km (228 540 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 292 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 556 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 20 February 2053 at 15:44 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 5 March 2053 at 12:51 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 27 February 2053 at 13:41 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.174° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.150° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 March 2053 at 04:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

22 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 4 days

In 4 days on 4 March 2053 at 17:09 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