Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 2 January 2016 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 21 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46.
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.
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.
Length of current 197 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 198 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠255.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠292.2°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:53, this is 12 days after last perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 January 2016 at 02:10 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 404 279 km (251 207 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 129 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 430 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 31 December 2015 at 20:19 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 January 2016 at 15:48 in ♓ Pisces.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 25 December 2015 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.444°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.420° in the next southern standstill on 8 January 2016 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 10 January 2016 at 01:30 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.