Moon* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 3 January 2053 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 29 December 2052 at 02:28.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2053 after 1 day on 4 January 2053 at 17:46.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 655 of Meeus index or 1608 from Brown series.
Length of current 655 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than next lunation 656 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 50 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠190.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠217.6°. 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 perigee on this date at 21:39, this is 14 days after last apogee on 20 December 2052 at 00:02 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 16 January 2053 at 07:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 357 808 km (222 332 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 700 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 548 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its descending node on 28 December 2052 at 11:06 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 9 January 2053 at 21:36 in ♍ Virgo.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 18:58 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.398°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.367° in its southern standstill point on 17 January 2053 at 11:59 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 4 January 2053 at 17:46 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.