Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 21 August 2016 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.
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 ∠10° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 26 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 205 of Meeus index or 1158 from Brown series.
Length of current 205 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter than next lunation 206 length.
Length of current synodic month is 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.8°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 10 August 2016 at 00:05 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 365 917 km (227 370 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 047 km (228 072 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.481°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.455° in the next northern standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 1 September 2016 at 09:03 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.