Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 26 March 2016 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days 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 passing about ∠9° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1923".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2016 after 26 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 17 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.
Length of current 200 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 201 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠355.6°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 25 March 2016 at 14:16 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 7 April 2016 at 17:36 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 404 803 km (251 533 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 164 km (221 931 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 5 April 2016 at 17:27 in ♓ Pisces.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.206°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.239° in the next southern standstill on 30 March 2016 at 22:12 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 7 April 2016 at 11:24 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.