Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 24 February 2016 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 22 February 2016 at 18:20.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 28 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 11 February 2016 at 02:42 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 403 099 km (250 474 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 383 km (251 893 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 06:10 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 9 March 2016 at 06:31 in ♓ Pisces.
At 06:10 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous North standstill on 17 February 2016 at 23:18 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.254°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.210° in the next southern standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 13 days on 9 March 2016 at 01:54 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.