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Moon phase on 28 September 2016 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | September 2016

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

Waning Crescent 6% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 6% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 23 September 2016 at 09:56.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1829"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1915".

Hunter Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 17 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 206 / 1159

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee

9 days after point of perigee on 18 September 2016 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 391 932 km

Moon is 391 932 km (243 535 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 100 km (252 339 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 22:06 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces.

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New draconic month

At 22:06 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

4 days after previous North standstill on 23 September 2016 at 16:44 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.475°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.546° in the next southern standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 1 October 2016 at 00:12 in ♎ Libra, 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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