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 is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 16 January 2092 at 14:08.

Wolf Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2092 after 5 days on 24 January 2092 at 14:55.

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 ∠1770"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".

Lunation 1138 / 2091

The Moon is 10 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1138 of Meeus index or 2091 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.56 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 26 minutes and it is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. 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 42 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠40.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠40.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠69.4°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 18 January 2092 at 05:57 in ♉ Taurus the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 February 2092 at 09:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 404 955 km

The Moon is 404 955 km (251 627 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 678 km (229 707 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 11 January 2092 at 13:52 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 26 January 2092 at 01:05 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 8 January 2092 at 08:40 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.466° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.448° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 January 2092 at 14:14 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 24 January 2092 at 14:55 in ♋ Cancer 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