Moon ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 8 January 2016 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 2 January 2016 at 05:30.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1841" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2016 after 15 days on 24 January 2016 at 01:46.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 2 January 2016 at 11:53 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 January 2016 at 02:10 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 389 414 km (241 971 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 619 km (229 671 mi).
7 days 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 January 2016 at 15:48 in ♓ Pisces.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 17:56 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.420°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.375° in its northern standstill point on 21 January 2016 at 16:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 1 day 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.