Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 31 December 2022 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 30 December 2022 at 01:21.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1873" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 6 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 284 of Meeus index or 1237 from Brown series.
Length of current 284 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2022. It is 23 minutes longer than next lunation 285 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠344.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠360°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2022 at 08:32 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 8 January 2023 at 09:19 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 382 604 km (237 739 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 459 km (252 562 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 January 2023 at 15:25 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.418°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.406° in the next northern standstill on 6 January 2023 at 03:08 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.