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 69% 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 is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 26 February 2091 at 14:47.

Worm Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2091 after 5 days on 5 March 2091 at 15:59.

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 ∠1852"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1852" and ∠1937".

Lunation 1127 / 2080

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1127 of Meeus index or 2080 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.75 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 7 minutes and it is 33 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2091. 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠137.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠137.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠165.8°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 22 February 2091 at 08:37 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 March 2091 at 16:02 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 387 072 km

The Moon is 387 072 km (240 515 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 358 572 km (222 806 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 19 February 2091 at 08:56 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 5 March 2091 at 10:19 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 16:49 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠18.473°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2091. Over the upcoming 12 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-18.480° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 13 March 2091 at 06:18.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 5 March 2091 at 15:59 in ♍ Virgo 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