Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.
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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2016 after 27 days on 22 April 2016 at 05:24.
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 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠355.6°.
Moon is at apogee at 14:16. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 13 days, until point of next perigee on 7 April 2016 at 17:36 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 406 125 km (252 354 mi) away from Earth. It is 717 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 584 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after ascending node on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 5 April 2016 at 17:27 in ♓ Pisces.
2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.206°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.239° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 March 2016 at 22:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 7 April 2016 at 11:24 in ♈ Aries 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.