Moon* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 31 August 2016 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 25 August 2016 at 03:41.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1840" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2016 after 16 days on 16 September 2016 at 19:05.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 22 August 2016 at 01:20 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 September 2016 at 18:44 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 389 592 km (242 081 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 059 km (251 692 mi).
11 days 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 September 2016 at 15:27 in ♍ Virgo.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 27 August 2016 at 11:17 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.455°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.451° in the next southern standstill on 10 September 2016 at 22:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day 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.