Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 January 2016 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | January 2016

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

Waxing Gibbous 67% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 67% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 16 January 2016 at 23:26.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1958"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 5 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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

3 days 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 11 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 366 127 km

Moon is 366 127 km (227 501 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 553 km (251 378 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days 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 9 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

17 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 8 January 2016 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.420°. Next 3 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 5 days

After 5 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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