Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 December 2056 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2056 | December 2056

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

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 22 December 2056 at 01:34.

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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1799"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1799" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2057 after 28 days on 20 January 2057 at 20:01.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 704 / 1657

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 19 December 2056 at 02:50 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 January 2057 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 398 445 km

Moon is 398 445 km (247 582 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 814 km (224 199 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 00:24 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 5 January 2057 at 04:48 in ♑ Capricorn.

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New draconic month

At 00:24 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon in northern standstill

At 00:17 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠22.858°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2056. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-22.850° in its southern standstill point on 5 January 2057 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 5 January 2057 at 09:49 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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