Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 October 2016 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | October 2016

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

Waning Gibbous 92% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 16 October 2016 at 04:23.

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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1927".

Hunter Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 27 days on 14 November 2016 at 13:52.

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 207 / 1160

The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 207 of Meeus index or 1160 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.73 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 13 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠144.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠144.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠170.6°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 16 October 2016 at 23:36 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 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 October 2016 at 19:29 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 363 667 km

The Moon is 363 667 km (225 972 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 660 km (252 687 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 October 2016 at 01:44 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

19 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

10 days since the previous standstill on 8 October 2016 at 06:03 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.546°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.619° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 30 October 2016 at 17:38 in ♏ Scorpio 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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