Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 3 May 2056 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 29 April 2056 at 18:31.
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 ∠6° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1924" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2056 after 25 days on 29 May 2056 at 01:58.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 696 of Meeus index or 1649 from Brown series.
Length of current 696 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer than next lunation 697 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 31 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠172.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠196°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 29 April 2056 at 14:48 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 May 2056 at 22:15 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 372 603 km (231 525 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 547 km (252 617 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 22 April 2056 at 10:02 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 May 2056 at 20:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 22:04 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-21.812°. Next 15 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠21.920° in its northern standstill point on 18 May 2056 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 11 days on 14 May 2056 at 16:06 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.