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Moon phase on 29 April 2016 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | April 2016

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

Last Quarter 57% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 57% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 April 2016 at 03:29 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 is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1877"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1877" and ∠1905".

Flower Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 22 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 30 April 2016 at 03:29
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 6 May 2016 at 19:30
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 13 May 2016 at 17:02
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 21 May 2016 at 21:15

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 201 / 1154

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

Length of current 201 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 202 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 31 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠355.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠10.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before perigee

7 days after point of apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 381 938 km

Moon is 381 938 km (237 325 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 828 km (222 344 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after its ascending node on 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

10 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

2 days after previous South standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.382°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.447° in the next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 in ♉ Taurus, 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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