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

Waxing Gibbous in Leo

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 70% and growing larger. Lunar cycle is 9 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 16 April 2081 at 17:31.

Pink Moon after 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2081 after 4 days on 23 April 2081 at 10:20.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1910".

Lunation 1005 / 1958

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1005 of Meeus index or 1958 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.58 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 54 minutes and it is 3 hours and 1 minute 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 10 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 53 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠231.2°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠231.2° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠265.8°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 4 April 2081 at 19:49 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 20 April 2081 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 363 515 km

The Moon is 363 515 km (225 878 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 640 km (226 577 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 7 April 2081 at 05:10 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 20 April 2081 at 16:02 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the last northern standstill on 14 April 2081 at 16:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.586° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.521° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 April 2081 at 11:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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

Syzygy in 4 days

In 4 days on 23 April 2081 at 10:20 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