Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 17 December 2056 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 13 December 2056 at 20:54.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2056 after 4 days on 22 December 2056 at 01:34.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 704 of Meeus index or 1657 from Brown series.
Length of current 704 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 18 minutes. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 705 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 26 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 43 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠9.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠26.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
11 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2056 at 09:40 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 December 2056 at 02:50 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 403 533 km (250 744 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 059 km (252 313 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 8 December 2056 at 17:42 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 December 2056 at 00:24 in ♋ Cancer.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 8 December 2056 at 17:13 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.839°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.858° in the next northern standstill on 23 December 2056 at 00:17 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 22 December 2056 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.