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Moon phase on 18 August 2056 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2056 | August 2056

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 54% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 18 August 2056 at 04:13 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1896".

Sturgeon Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2056 after 6 days on 25 August 2056 at 06:00.

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 700 / 1653

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 700 of Meeus index or 1653 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.42 days

Length of current 700 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 59 minutes. It is 46 minutes longer than next lunation 701 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠289.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠289.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠317.3°. 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 16 August 2056 at 15:34 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 August 2056 at 14:03 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 363 788 km

Moon is 363 788 km (226 047 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 515 km (251 354 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after its ascending node on 9 August 2056 at 05:07 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 August 2056 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 8 August 2056 at 11:18 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.019°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.057° in the next southern standstill on 21 August 2056 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 25 August 2056 at 06:00 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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