Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 May 2016 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | May 2016

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

Waxing Gibbous 90% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 90% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 13 May 2016 at 17:02.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1896".

Flower Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 3 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 21 May 2016 at 21:15
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 29 May 2016 at 12:12
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 5 June 2016 at 03:00
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 12 June 2016 at 08:10

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 202 / 1155

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter 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 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠10.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.6°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 22:06. It is 12 days after previous perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 405 934 km

This apogee Moon is 405 934 km (252 236 mi) away from Earth. It is 526 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 775 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 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 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

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.

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.447°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.539° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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