Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 3 January 2031 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2031 | January 2031

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

Waxing Gibbous 77% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 77% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 31 December 2030 at 13:36.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1790"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2031 after 5 days on 8 January 2031 at 18:26.

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 383 / 1336

The Moon is 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 383 of Meeus index or 1336 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 59 minutes. It is 19 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 24 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠5.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠5.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠21.6°.

Moon before perigee

10 days after point of perigee on 24 December 2030 at 10:09 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 January 2031 at 11:00 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 400 453 km

The Moon is 400 453 km (248 830 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 169 km (252 382 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 23 December 2030 at 00:54 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 5 January 2031 at 06:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 23 December 2030 at 18:07 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.904°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.889° at the point of next northern standstill on 6 January 2031 at 05:22 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 8 January 2031 at 18:26 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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