Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 April 2016 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | April 2016

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 22 April 2016 at 05:24.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1908".

Pink Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 28 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 30 April 2016 at 03:29
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 6 May 2016 at 19:30
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 13 May 2016 at 17:02
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 21 May 2016 at 21:15

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 201 / 1154

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 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠355.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠10.8°.

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 404 091 km

The Moon is 404 091 km (251 091 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 828 km (222 344 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 12 April 2016 at 12:12 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.288°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.382° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 in ♉ Taurus 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.

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