Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 3 January 2059 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 29 December 2058 at 20:25.
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 passing first ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2059 after 25 days on 28 January 2059 at 15:11.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
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 729 of Meeus index or 1682 from Brown series.
Length of current 729 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 45 minutes. It is 1 hour and 15 minutes longer than next lunation 730 length.
Length of current synodic month is 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠341.1°. 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 apogee on this date at 02:24, this is 27 days after last perigee on 6 December 2058 at 07:43 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 January 2059 at 06:49 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 405 679 km (252 077 mi) away from Earth. It is 271 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 030 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its ascending node on 27 December 2058 at 05:49 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 January 2059 at 18:48 in ♏ Scorpio.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 29 December 2058 at 22:55 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.970°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.989° in the next southern standstill on 13 January 2059 at 04:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 14 January 2059 at 03:57 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.