Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 6 January 2031 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 31 December 2030 at 13:36.
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 about ∠21° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2031 after 2 days on 8 January 2031 at 18:26.
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 13 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.
Length of current 383 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 59 minutes. It is 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 384 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠5.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠21.6°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:00, this is 13 days after last perigee on 24 December 2030 at 10:09 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 21 January 2031 at 21:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 406 169 km (252 382 mi) away from Earth. It is 761 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 540 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 5 January 2031 at 06:37 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 January 2031 at 08:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 05:22 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.889°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2031. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-21.824° in its southern standstill point on 20 January 2031 at 05:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 8 January 2031 at 18:26 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.