Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 31 August 2056 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2056 | August 2056

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

Waning Gibbous 66% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 66% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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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 25 August 2056 at 06:00.

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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1901".

Sturgeon Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2056 after 23 days on 23 September 2056 at 19:34.

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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 14:03, this is 14 days after last perigee on 16 August 2056 at 15:34 in ♎ Libra. 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 12 September 2056 at 10:34 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 404 515 km

This apogee Moon is 404 515 km (251 354 mi) away from Earth. It is 893 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 194 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

9 days after its descending node on 22 August 2056 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 September 2056 at 11:57 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 21 August 2056 at 11:04 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.057°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.139° in the next northern standstill on 4 September 2056 at 19:42 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 9 September 2056 at 17:47 in ♍ Virgo, 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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