Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 23 December 2056 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 22 December 2056 at 01:34.
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 ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1799" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2057 after 28 days on 20 January 2057 at 20:01.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 19 December 2056 at 02:50 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 January 2057 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 398 445 km (247 582 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 814 km (224 199 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 00:24 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 5 January 2057 at 04:48 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 00:24 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
At 00:17 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠22.858°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2056. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-22.850° in its southern standstill point on 5 January 2057 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 5 January 2057 at 09:49 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.