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 68% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 ∠6° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 3 June 2063 at 20:28.

Strawberry Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2063 after 5 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43.

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 ∠1946"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1946" and ∠1891".

Lunation 784 / 1737

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 784 of Meeus index or 1737 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 39 minutes and it is 1 hour and 9 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 4 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 4 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠301.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠301.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠325.5°.

Moon after perigee

4 days since point of perigee on 1 June 2063 at 01:18 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 16 June 2063 at 15:34 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 368 283 km

The Moon is 368 283 km (228 840 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 594 km (251 403 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 3 June 2063 at 11:31 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 June 2063 at 07:39 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 29 May 2063 at 11:44 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.118° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.086° at the point of next southern standstill on 11 June 2063 at 12:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

15 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 11 June 2063 at 00:43 in ♐ Sagittarius 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