Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 2 October 2031 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 30 September 2031 at 18:58.
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 first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1861" and ∠1917".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2031 after 27 days on 30 October 2031 at 07:33.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 392 of Meeus index or 1345 from Brown series.
Length of current 392 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 393 length.
Length of current synodic month is 50 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 13 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠245.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠281.8°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 27 September 2031 at 07:09 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 9 October 2031 at 06:23 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 385 248 km (239 382 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 365 km (251 261 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 21 September 2031 at 02:24 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 October 2031 at 22:04 in ♉ Taurus.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 23 September 2031 at 05:46 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.501°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.418° in the next northern standstill on 6 October 2031 at 07:31 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 16 October 2031 at 08:21 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.