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

Waxing Gibbous in Aries

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 is entering ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 20 October 2099 at 23:27.

Hunter Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2099 after 2 days on 29 October 2099 at 04:20.

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 ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1931".

Lunation 1234 / 2187

The Moon is 12 days young and navigating from the first to the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 1234 of Meeus index or 2187 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 57 minutes and it is 1 hour and 43 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 2 hours and 47 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 22 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠10.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠10.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.7°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 03:06 about 12 days since last perigee on 13 October 2099 at 10:26 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 15 days until point of next perigee on 10 November 2099 at 19:35 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 405 825 km

This apogee Moon is 405 825 km (252 168 mi) away from Earth. It is 417 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 884 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 25 October 2099 at 20:01 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 8 November 2099 at 18:31 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 18 October 2099 at 19:06 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.609° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.524° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 November 2099 at 11:20 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

1 day 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 2 days

In 2 days on 29 October 2099 at 04:20 in ♉ Taurus 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