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

Waxing Gibbous in Gemini

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 93% 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 25 December 2074 at 05:07.

Wolf Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2075 after 2 days on 2 January 2075 at 09:39.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Lunation 927 / 1880

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 927 of Meeus index or 1880 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.47 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes and it is 47 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 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠7.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠7.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠24.6°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 16:12 about 12 days since last perigee on 17 December 2074 at 20:35 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 15 January 2075 at 07:21 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 406 129 km

This apogee Moon is 406 129 km (252 357 mi) away from Earth. It is 721 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 580 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 20 December 2074 at 02:32 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 3 January 2075 at 08:42 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 19 December 2074 at 07:43 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.818° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.829° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 January 2075 at 09:48 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 2 January 2075 at 09:39 in ♋ Cancer 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