Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 12 January 2042 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2042 | January 2042

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 68% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 68% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 6 January 2042 at 08:54.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2042 after 23 days on 5 February 2042 at 01:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

Lunation 519 / 1472

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 519 of Meeus index or 1472 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 519 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 36 minutes. It is 1 hour and 39 minutes longer than next lunation 520 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 8 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠300.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠300.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠326°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 04:04, this is 15 days after last perigee on 27 December 2041 at 09:54 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 23 January 2042 at 22:31 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 404 808 km

This apogee Moon is 404 808 km (251 536 mi) away from Earth. It is 600 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 901 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 31 December 2041 at 22:59 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 January 2042 at 03:00 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 5 January 2042 at 12:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.722°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.777° in the next southern standstill on 19 January 2042 at 23:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 21 January 2042 at 20:42 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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