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Moon phase on 23 October 2016 Sunday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | October 2016

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 43% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 43% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 22 October 2016 at 19:14 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1885"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1885" and ∠1929".

Beaver Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2016 after 22 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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

6 days 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 8 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 380 281 km

The Moon is 380 281 km (236 296 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 660 km (252 687 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 13 October 2016 at 09:43 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 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

24 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 after northern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 20 October 2016 at 23:38 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.619°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.737° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 November 2016 at 13:04 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 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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