Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 15 July 2016 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 12 July 2016 at 00:52.
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 is passing first ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2016 after 4 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57.
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.
The Moon is 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 204 of Meeus index or 1157 from Brown series.
Length of current 204 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes. It is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 205 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 9 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠48.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠77.9°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 13 July 2016 at 05:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 403 200 km (250 537 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 659 km (229 695 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 9 July 2016 at 01:41 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 3 July 2016 at 20:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.598°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.569° in the next southern standstill on 18 July 2016 at 03:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 4 days on 19 July 2016 at 22:57 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.