Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 24 December 2056 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Leo.

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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 95% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days 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 is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1816"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1816" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2057 after 27 days on 20 January 2057 at 20:01.

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 17 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

5 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 10 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 394 718 km

Moon is 394 718 km (245 266 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 814 km (224 199 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 23 December 2056 at 00:24 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 5 January 2057 at 04:48 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

1 day 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 after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 23 December 2056 at 00:17 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.858°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.850° in the next southern standstill on 5 January 2057 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 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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