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Moon phase on 31 October 2016 Monday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | October 2016

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

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 30 October 2016 at 17:38 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1933".

Beaver Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 14 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

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

New lunation 208 / 1161

At 17:38 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 208 of Meeus index or 1161 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.78 days

29 days, 18 hours and 40 minutes is the length of new lunation 208. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2016. It is 5 minutes longer than next lunation 209 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠170.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠170.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠194.9°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 19:29, this is 14 days after last perigee on 16 October 2016 at 23:36 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 14 November 2016 at 11:23 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 406 660 km

This apogee Moon is 406 660 km (252 687 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2016. It is 1 252 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 49 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

5 days after its ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 November 2016 at 15:57 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

5 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 before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.619°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.737° in the next southern standstill on 4 November 2016 at 13:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

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

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