Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 October 2016 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 14 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | October 2016

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

Waxing Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The 14 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 9 October 2016 at 04:33.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1957"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1925".

Hunter Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 1 day on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 207 / 1160

The Moon is 14 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.73 days

Length of current 207 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 208 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠144.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠170.6°. 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

11 days after point of apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 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 16 October 2016 at 23:36 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 366 317 km

Moon is 366 317 km (227 619 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 860 km (222 364 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

16 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

7 days after previous South standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.546°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.619° in the next northern standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 16 October 2016 at 04:23 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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