Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 23 September 2016 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 23 September 2016 at 09:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1939" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 22 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 206 of Meeus index or 1159 from Brown series.
Length of current 206 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 207 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠112.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠144.6°. 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 18 September 2016 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 369 650 km (229 690 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 100 km (252 339 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 15 September 2016 at 23:55 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 September 2016 at 22:06 in ♍ Virgo.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 16:44 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.475°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.546° in its southern standstill point on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 1 October 2016 at 00:12 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.