Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 23 June 2016 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.
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 ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1878" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2016 after 26 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57.
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 203 of Meeus index or 1156 from Brown series.
Length of current 203 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 204 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠48.9°. 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 15 June 2016 at 12:00 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 July 2016 at 06:45 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 381 717 km (237 188 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 983 km (227 411 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 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 26 June 2016 at 05:28 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.
2 days after previous South standstill on 20 June 2016 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.610°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.598° in the next northern standstill on 3 July 2016 at 20:06 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 4 July 2016 at 11:01 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.