Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 3 October 2031 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days 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 about ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1838" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2031 after 26 days on 30 October 2031 at 07:33.
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 17 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°).
6 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 9 October 2031 at 06:23 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 390 043 km (242 361 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 365 km (251 261 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 22:04 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 18 October 2031 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 23 September 2031 at 05:46 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.501°. Next 2 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 12 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.