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 69% 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 ∠19° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 15 June 2070 at 13:40.

Strawberry Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2070 after 6 days on 23 June 2070 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 ∠1806"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1888".

Lunation 871 / 1824

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 871 of Meeus index or 1824 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.28 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 50 minutes and it is 47 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2070. 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 54 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 15 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠5.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠5.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠21.1°.

Moon before apogee

9 days since point of perigee on 8 June 2070 at 10:48 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 4 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 June 2070 at 14:15 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 396 924 km

The Moon is 396 924 km (246 637 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 125 km (252 354 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 21:35 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 14 days until Moon's next descending node later on 2 July 2070 at 07:45 in ♈ Aries.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 9 June 2070 at 03:14 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.846° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.860° at the point of next southern standstill on 23 June 2070 at 00:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

New draconic month

At 21:35 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 23 June 2070 at 16:57 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