Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 August 2016 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | August 2016

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

Waning Gibbous 69% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 69% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 18 August 2016 at 09:27.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1973"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1898".

Sturgeon Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 24 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 205 / 1158

The Moon is 20 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.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 19 minutes. It is 2 hours and 49 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 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠77.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠77.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠112.8°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 14 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 363 307 km

The Moon is 363 307 km (225 749 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 14 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 059 km (251 692 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 19 August 2016 at 14:14 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 14 August 2016 at 13:05 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.481°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.455° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 1 September 2016 at 09:03 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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