Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 31 July 2016 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 26 July 2016 at 23:00.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2016 after 17 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 27 July 2016 at 11:25 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 373 294 km (231 954 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 266 km (251 199 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 23 July 2016 at 07:49 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 August 2016 at 07:48 in ♍ Virgo.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 04:53 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.529°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.481° in its southern standstill point on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 2 August 2016 at 20:45 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.