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 90% 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 18 May 2078 at 16:15.

Flower Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2078 after 3 days on 26 May 2078 at 20:23.

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 6.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1895".

Lunation 969 / 1922

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 969 of Meeus index or 1922 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 53 minutes and it is 26 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2078. 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 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠11.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠11.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠29°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 17:11 about 12 days since last perigee on 11 May 2078 at 01:13 in ♉ Taurus 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 8 June 2078 at 07:36 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 405 828 km

This apogee Moon is 405 828 km (252 170 mi) away from Earth. It is 420 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 881 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 11 May 2078 at 14:45 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 25 May 2078 at 11:12 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the last northern standstill on 14 May 2078 at 21:51 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.103° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.084° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 May 2078 at 11:05 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 26 May 2078 at 20:23 in ♏ Scorpio 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