Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Cancer

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 3 January 2045 at 10:20 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

It is Wolf Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Wolf of January 2045.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1951".

Lunation 556 / 1509

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 556 of Meeus index or 1509 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 32 minutes and it is 6 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2045. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 15 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠156.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠156.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠182.1°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 19:25 about 12 days since last apogee on 21 December 2044 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 14 days until point of next apogee on 17 January 2045 at 22:35 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 356 773 km

This perigee Moon is 356 773 km (221 688 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2045. It is 5 735 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 348 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 24 December 2044 at 21:19 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 6 January 2045 at 16:49 in ♌ Leo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 2 January 2045 at 06:32 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.069° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.098° at the point of next southern standstill on 15 January 2045 at 09:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov