Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 16 October 2008 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | October 2008

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

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 14 October 2008 at 20:03.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1955"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1955" and ∠1925".

Hunter Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2008 after 27 days on 13 November 2008 at 06:17.

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 108 / 1061

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 108 of Meeus index or 1061 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠98.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠98.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠133.4°.

Moon before apogee

11 days after point of apogee on 5 October 2008 at 10:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 October 2008 at 06:06 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 366 718 km

The Moon is 366 718 km (227 868 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 828 km (226 072 mi).

Moon before descending node

6 days after ascending node on 10 October 2008 at 00:38 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 October 2008 at 18:00 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 5 October 2008 at 14:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.370°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.270° at the point of next northern standstill on 19 October 2008 at 00:21 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 28 October 2008 at 23:14 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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