Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 28 March 2016 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | March 2016

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

Waning Gibbous 79% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 79% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.

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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1789"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1922".

Worm Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2016 after 24 days on 22 April 2016 at 05:24.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 31 March 2016 at 15:17
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 7 April 2016 at 11:24
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 14 April 2016 at 03:59
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 22 April 2016 at 05:24

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 200 / 1153

The Moon is 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

Length of current 200 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 201 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠339.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠355.6°. 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 apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 25 March 2016 at 14:16 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 April 2016 at 17:36 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 400 703 km

Moon is 400 703 km (248 985 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 164 km (221 931 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after its ascending node on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 5 April 2016 at 17:27 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

12 days after previous North standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.206°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.239° in the next southern standstill on 30 March 2016 at 22:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 7 April 2016 at 11:24 in ♈ Aries, 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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