Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 44% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 9 January 2056 at 23:13 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2056 after 22 days on 1 February 2056 at 12:36.
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.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 692 of Meeus index or 1645 from Brown series.
Length of current 692 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 54 minutes shorter than next lunation 693 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠45.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠75.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 16:48, this is 14 days after last apogee on 27 December 2055 at 05:00 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 January 2056 at 02:22 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 370 190 km (230 025 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2056. It is 7 682 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 166 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 4 January 2056 at 07:42 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 January 2056 at 06:04 in ♒ Aquarius.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 2 January 2056 at 21:00 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.189°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.177° in the next southern standstill on 15 January 2056 at 19:49 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 16 January 2056 at 22:10 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.