Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 16 October 2016 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1925".
The Full Moon this days is the Hunter of October 2016.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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 perigee on this date at 23:36, this is 12 days after last apogee on 4 October 2016 at 11:02 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 357 860 km (222 364 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 648 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 496 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.546°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.619° in the next northern standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.