Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 3 December 2031 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 28 November 2031 at 23:18.
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 ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2031 after 25 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 394 of Meeus index or 1347 from Brown series.
Length of current 394 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 56 minutes. It is 55 minutes longer than next lunation 395 length.
Length of current synodic month is 48 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 21 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.7°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 22:35, this is 16 days after last perigee on 17 November 2031 at 22:07 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 December 2031 at 21:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 405 355 km (251 876 mi) away from Earth. It is 53 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 354 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its descending node on 27 November 2031 at 14:01 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 December 2031 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 30 November 2031 at 00:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.350°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.356° in the next southern standstill on 14 December 2031 at 04:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 14 December 2031 at 09:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.