Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 21 January 2016 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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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 93% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 93% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1901"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1901" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 2 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 12 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

6 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 8 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 377 150 km

Moon is 377 150 km (234 350 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 553 km (251 378 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 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 6 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

20 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 in northern standstill

At 16:41 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.375°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.303° in its southern standstill point on 5 February 2016 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 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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