Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 31 December 2006 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 27 December 2006 at 14:48.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1932" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2007 after 3 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57.
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.
The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 86 of Meeus index or 1039 from Brown series.
Length of current 86 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes longer than next lunation 87 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠276.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠308.6°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 28 December 2006 at 01:48 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 January 2007 at 16:26 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 370 952 km (230 499 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 335 km (251 242 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 26 December 2006 at 10:36 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 January 2007 at 17:44 in ♍ Virgo.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 20 December 2006 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.378°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.396° in the next northern standstill on 2 January 2007 at 11:57 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.