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

Waxing Gibbous in Capricorn

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 94% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 2 August 2071 at 21:04.

Sturgeon Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2071 after 2 days on 10 August 2071 at 23:39.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1893".

Lunation 885 / 1838

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 885 of Meeus index or 1838 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 20 minutes and it is 1 hour and 45 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 24 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 45 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 ∠21.2°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 20:04 about 13 days since last perigee on 26 July 2071 at 17:22 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 24 August 2071 at 01:45 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 406 136 km

This apogee Moon is 406 136 km (252 361 mi) away from Earth. It is 728 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 573 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 30 July 2071 at 18:19 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 14 August 2071 at 06:42 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 6 August 2071 at 22:51 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.284° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.210° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 August 2071 at 05:18 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 10 August 2071 at 23:39 in ♒ Aquarius 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