Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 30 April 2016 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 46% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 30 April 2016 at 03:29 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 21 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 377 186 km (234 373 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 828 km (222 344 mi).
11 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.382°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.447° in the next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.