Moon phase today: Lunar calendar

Today's Moon phase, 21 October 2016, Friday is Waning Gibbous in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | October 2016

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 64% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase today: . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 64% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1930"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1930" and ∠1928".

Hunter Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 24 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.

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 207 / 1160

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.73 days

Length of current 207 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 208 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠144.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠170.6°. 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 after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 16 October 2016 at 23:36 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 371 396 km

Moon is 371 396 km (230 775 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 660 km (252 687 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

22 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 after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.619°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.737° in the next southern standstill on 4 November 2016 at 13:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 30 October 2016 at 17:38 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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