Moon phase today: Lunar calendar

Today's Moon phase, 27 July 2016, Wednesday is Last Quarter in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | July 2016

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 44% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase today: . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 44% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 26 July 2016 at 23:00 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1890".

Sturgeon Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 21 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide today. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 204 / 1157

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

Length of current 204 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 205 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠48.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠48.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠77.9°. 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°).

Moon in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee today at 11:25, this is 14 days after last apogee on 13 July 2016 at 05:24 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 369 659 km

This perigee Moon is 369 659 km (229 695 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2016. It is 7 151 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 697 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

4 days after its descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 August 2016 at 07:48 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.569°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.529° in the next northern standstill on 31 July 2016 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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