Waxing Gibbous, Moon phase of Saturday, November 9th, 2019
Tonight's actual moon phase and image of the moon (Moon phase tonight)
This page shows the image of today's/tonight's actual moon phase and allows you to follow the moon phases or moon cycles as they are also called.
A waxing gibbous moon appears high in the east at sunset. It's nearly, but not quite, a full moon... appearing more than half lighted but less than full. This moon phase comes between one and two weeks after new moon.
The moon has moved in its orbit so that it's now relatively far from the sun in our sky. A waxing gibbous moon rises during the hours between noon and sunset. It sets in the wee hours after midnight. People sometimes see a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon, shortly after moonrise, while it's ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west. It's easy to see a waxing gibbous moon in the daytime because, at this phase of the moon, a large fraction of the moon's day side is facing our way. Thus a waxing gibbous moon is more noticeable in the sky than a crescent moon, with only a slim fraction of the lunar day side visible. Also, a waxing gibbous moon is far from the sun on the sky's dome, so the sun's glare isn't hiding it from view.
The word "gibbous" comes from a root word that means "hump-backed." You can see the hump-backed shape of the waxing gibbous moon.
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Interactive moon phases tool
Ready to explore other moon phases? This tool shows the current moon phase and allows you to shift the phases and see how the moon is illuminated at each phase.
Diagram explaining the moon phases
This diagram shows the relative positions of the Sun, the Moon and earth and explains how the different moon phases appear.
The visible part of the moon is the part of the moon's surface that gets hit by the sunlight. The rest of the moon disc is almost invisible.
The moon phases are not caused by the shadow of the earth on to the moon. It is the moon's own shadow at the part of its surface that is not hit by the sunlight.
In other words, the visible "sunny" part is made of the places where there is "day" on the moon and the shadow part is where there is "night".