Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 31 March 2016 Thursday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | March 2016

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

Last Quarter 51% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 31 March 2016 at 15:17 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1843"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1920".

Pink Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2016 after 21 days on 22 April 2016 at 05:24.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 30 April 2016 at 03:29

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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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

5 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 7 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 388 891 km

Moon is 388 891 km (241 646 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 164 km (221 931 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 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 5 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

8 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 after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 30 March 2016 at 22:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.239°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.288° in the next northern standstill on 12 April 2016 at 12:12 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 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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