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Moon phase on 17 September 2016 Saturday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | September 2016

Full Moon phase
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Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Full Moon 99% illuminated

Full Moon is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99%. The 15 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 16 September 2016 at 19:05 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1951"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1951" and ∠1910".

It is Harvest Moon

The Full Moon this days is the Harvest of September 2016.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunation 206 / 1159

The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 206 of Meeus index or 1159 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

Length of current 206 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 207 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠112.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠144.6°. 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

10 days after point of apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 18 September 2016 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 367 405 km

Moon is 367 405 km (228 295 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 894 km (224 871 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 15 September 2016 at 23:55 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 September 2016 at 22:06 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

15 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

6 days after previous South standstill on 10 September 2016 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.451°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.475° in the next northern standstill on 23 September 2016 at 16:44 in ♊ Gemini.

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Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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