Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 January 2016 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 7 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Moon phase for

Lunar calendar 2016 | January 2016

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

First Quarter 45% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 45% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 January 2016 at 23:26 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 7 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 198 / 1151

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 198 of Meeus index or 1151 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.55 days

Length of current 198 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 199 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠292.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠292.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠319.8°. 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 15 January 2016 at 02:10 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 January 2016 at 09:10 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 363 329 km

Moon is 363 329 km (225 762 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 553 km (251 378 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 14 January 2016 at 15:48 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 January 2016 at 23:58 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

15 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

7 days after previous South standstill on 8 January 2016 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.420°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.375° in the next northern standstill on 21 January 2016 at 16:41 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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