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 97% 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 18 November 2053 at 13:26.

Beaver Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2053 after 1 day on 25 November 2053 at 22:21.

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 ∠1902"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1902" and ∠1944".

Lunation 666 / 1619

The Moon is 13 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 666 of Meeus index or 1619 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 45 minutes and it is 2 hours and 8 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠106.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠106.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠141.1°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 16 November 2053 at 03:37 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 November 2053 at 23:02 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 376 916 km

The Moon is 376 916 km (234 205 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 464 km (225 225 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 19 November 2053 at 23:07 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 2 December 2053 at 16:41 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 14 November 2053 at 03:32 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.637° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.707° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 November 2053 at 23:44 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 1 day

In 1 day on 25 November 2053 at 22:21 in ♉ Taurus 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