Moon* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 16 September 2001 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 10 September 2001 at 19:00.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2001 after 16 days on 2 October 2001 at 13:49.
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.
The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 20 of Meeus index or 973 from Brown series.
Length of current 20 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 32 minutes. It is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 21 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 57 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠358.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠13.2°. 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 is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:50, this is 14 days after last apogee on 1 September 2001 at 23:26 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 29 September 2001 at 05:33 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 358 128 km (222 530 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 380 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 228 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 11 September 2001 at 21:36 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 September 2001 at 10:28 in ♑ Capricorn.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 12 September 2001 at 12:19 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.677°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.780° in the next southern standstill on 25 September 2001 at 05:14 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 17 September 2001 at 10:27 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.