Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 31 January 2024 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.
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 passing about ∠14° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 24 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.
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.
The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.
Length of current 297 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than next lunation 298 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠345.9°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo. 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 10 February 2024 at 18:49 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 402 437 km (250 063 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 088 km (222 506 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 20:17 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 13 February 2024 at 17:01 in ♈ Aries.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.203°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.304° in the next southern standstill on 6 February 2024 at 17:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 9 February 2024 at 22:59 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.