Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 31 March 2056 at 10:25.
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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2056 after 26 days on 29 April 2056 at 18:31.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 695 of Meeus index or 1648 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 58 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2056. It is 42 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠147°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠172.8°.
2 days after point of perigee on 1 April 2056 at 03:57 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 15 April 2056 at 19:35 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 364 969 km (226 781 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 631 km (252 669 mi).
8 days after ascending node on 26 March 2056 at 07:57 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 7 April 2056 at 18:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 25 March 2056 at 00:14 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠21.456°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-21.566° at the point of next southern standstill on 6 April 2056 at 13:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 11 days on 14 April 2056 at 23:50 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.