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Moon phase on 13 December 2056 Wednesday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2056 | December 2056

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

First Quarter 46% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 13 December 2056 at 20:54 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 in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1840"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2056 after 8 days on 22 December 2056 at 01:34.

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 704 / 1657

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 704 of Meeus index or 1657 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

Length of current 704 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 705 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 26 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 43 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠9.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠9.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠26.4°. 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 before apogee

7 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2056 at 09:40 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 December 2056 at 02:50 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 389 600 km

Moon is 389 600 km (242 086 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 059 km (252 313 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 8 December 2056 at 17:42 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 December 2056 at 00:24 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

17 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 after southern standstill

4 days after previous South standstill on 8 December 2056 at 17:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.839°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.858° in the next northern standstill on 23 December 2056 at 00:17 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 22 December 2056 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer, 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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