Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 11 February 2016 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 8 February 2016 at 14:39.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1944".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2016 after 11 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 199 of Meeus index or 1152 from Brown series.
Length of current 199 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 47 minutes longer than next lunation 200 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠319.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠339.5°. 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 perigee on this date at 02:42, this is 11 days after last apogee on 30 January 2016 at 09:10 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 364 358 km (226 402 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 850 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 998 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 10 February 2016 at 20:46 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 February 2016 at 06:10 in ♍ Virgo.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 5 February 2016 at 04:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.303°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.254° in the next northern standstill on 17 February 2016 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 22 February 2016 at 18:20 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.