Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 4 October 2016 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 1 October 2016 at 00:12.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2016 after 11 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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.
Length of current 207 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 208 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠144.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠170.6°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:02, this is 15 days after last perigee on 18 September 2016 at 17:00 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 16 October 2016 at 23:36 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 406 100 km (252 339 mi) away from Earth. It is 692 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 609 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its ascending node on 28 September 2016 at 22:06 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 23 September 2016 at 16:44 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.475°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.546° in the next southern standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.