Last Quarter on

Moon phase on 2 January 2016 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | January 2016

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 47% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 2 January 2016 at 05:30 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 21 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46.

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 197 / 1150

The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 197 of Meeus index or 1150 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 46 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠255.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠255.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠292.2°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 11:53. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 15 January 2016 at 02:10 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 404 279 km

This apogee Moon is 404 279 km (251 207 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 129 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 430 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 31 December 2015 at 20:19 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 January 2016 at 15:48 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 25 December 2015 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.444°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.420° at the point of next southern standstill on 8 January 2016 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 10 January 2016 at 01:30 in ♑ Capricorn 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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