Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 31 December 2031 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33.
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 ∠10° of ♌ Leo 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 2032 after 27 days on 27 January 2032 at 12:52.
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 395 of Meeus index or 1348 from Brown series.
Length of current 395 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2031. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 396 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠351.6°. 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 13:16, this is 15 days after last perigee on 15 December 2031 at 21:31 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 13 January 2032 at 07:55 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 406 203 km (252 403 mi) away from Earth. It is 795 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 506 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after its descending node on 24 December 2031 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 January 2032 at 08:58 in ♏ Scorpio.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 27 December 2031 at 07:41 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.355°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.298° in the next southern standstill on 10 January 2032 at 16:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 12 January 2032 at 20:07 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.