The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbous” meaning humpbacked.
Phase Details for – Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Moon Age: 11.13 days
Moon Angle: 0.53
Moon Distance: 372,808.68 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,206,790.06 km