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

Waxing Gibbous in Capricorn

Waxing Gibbous on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 73% 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 25 August 2096 at 23:56.

Harvest Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2096 after 5 days on 2 September 2096 at 15:36.

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 ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1900".

Lunation 1195 / 2148

The Moon is 9 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1195 of Meeus index or 2148 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 10 minutes and it is 3 hours and 8 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 34 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 35 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠76.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠76.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠110.9°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 25 August 2096 at 08:09 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 September 2096 at 10:00 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 400 536 km

The Moon is 400 536 km (248 882 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 386 km (228 283 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 25 August 2096 at 06:52 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 7 September 2096 at 18:11 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 21:09 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-26.564°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠26.671° at the point of next northern standstill in ♋ Cancer on 10 September 2096 at 21:55.

Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 2 September 2096 at 15:36 in ♓ Pisces 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