Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 16 January 2014 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1950".
The Full Moon this days is the Wolf of January 2014.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 173 of Meeus index or 1126 from Brown series.
Length of current 173 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes. It is 3 minutes longer than next lunation 174 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠353°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠8.3°. 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 apogee on this date at 01:53, this is 14 days after last perigee on 1 January 2014 at 21:00 in ♑ Capricorn. 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 30 January 2014 at 09:58 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 406 537 km (252 610 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 129 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 172 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 9 January 2014 at 11:26 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 January 2014 at 02:55 in ♏ Scorpio.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 13 January 2014 at 08:14 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.501°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.396° in the next southern standstill on 27 January 2014 at 16:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.