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

Waxing Gibbous in Libra

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 95% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 12 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 16 April 2062 at 12:03.

Pink Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2062 after 2 days on 23 April 2062 at 16:57.

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1876"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1876" and ∠1909".

Lunation 770 / 1723

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 770 of Meeus index or 1723 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 6 minutes and it is 2 hours and 17 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 2 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 31 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.7°.

Moon after perigee

7 days since point of perigee on 13 April 2062 at 17:32 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 April 2062 at 08:55 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 382 095 km

The Moon is 382 095 km (237 423 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 747 km (251 498 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 04:56 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 5 May 2062 at 16:29 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 14 April 2062 at 15:56 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.655° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.595° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 April 2062 at 07:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 23 April 2062 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra 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