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 77% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 10 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 20 August 2072 at 17:20.

Sturgeon Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2072 after 5 days on 28 August 2072 at 15:59.

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 ∠1826"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1826" and ∠1898".

Lunation 898 / 1851

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 898 of Meeus index or 1851 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.32 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 46 minutes and it is 1 hour and 2 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 4 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠350.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠350.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠5.6°.

Moon before apogee

8 days since point of perigee on 14 August 2072 at 14:59 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 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 29 August 2072 at 00:37 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 392 622 km

The Moon is 392 622 km (243 964 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 270 km (252 444 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 15 August 2072 at 05:10 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 28 August 2072 at 23:05 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon at southern standstill

At 14:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.564°. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.564° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 7 September 2072 at 06:46.

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 5 days

In 5 days on 28 August 2072 at 15:59 in ♓ Pisces 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