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

Waxing Gibbous in Cancer

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 94% 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 19 January 2089 at 19:47.

Wolf Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2089 after 1 day on 26 January 2089 at 11:25.

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 ∠1972"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1949".

Lunation 1101 / 2054

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1101 of Meeus index or 2054 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.79 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 58 minutes and it is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2089. 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 6 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠185.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠185.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠211.9°.

Moon before perigee

13 days since point of apogee on 11 January 2089 at 04:23 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 25 January 2089 at 19:36 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 363 575 km

The Moon is 363 575 km (225 915 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 298 km (222 015 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 19 January 2089 at 04:30 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 31 January 2089 at 14:33 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 23 January 2089 at 16:28 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.817° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.740° at the point of next southern standstill on 5 February 2089 at 19:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♎ Libra the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 26 January 2089 at 11:25 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