Moon* ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 21 April 2016 Thursday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1909".
The Full Moon this days is the Pink of April 2016.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.
Length of current 201 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 202 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 31 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠10.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 16:05, this is 13 days after last perigee on 7 April 2016 at 17:36 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 406 352 km (252 495 mi) away from Earth. It is 944 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 357 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 12 April 2016 at 12:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.288°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.382° in the next southern standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.