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 76% 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 in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 9 February 2079 at 03:11.

Snow Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2079 after 4 days on 15 February 2079 at 23:45.

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 ∠1966"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1944".

Lunation 978 / 1931

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 978 of Meeus index or 1931 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 13 minutes and it is 2 hours and 32 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 29 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 34 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠261.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠261.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠296.6°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 08:13 about 15 days since last apogee on 26 January 2079 at 21:03 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next apogee on 23 February 2079 at 18:10 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 369 141 km

This perigee Moon is 369 141 km (229 374 mi) away from Earth. It is 6 633 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 1 215 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 7 February 2079 at 23:17 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 21 February 2079 at 02:05 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 30 January 2079 at 00:20 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.617° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠27.715° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 February 2079 at 07:40 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 15 February 2079 at 23:45 in ♌ Leo 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